Indiana Senate Bill SB 337, the Designers Registration Act
Currently, the bill is dead in the House committee, but it has been resurrected in the form of an amendment to HB1573.
Steps you can take:
- Write your senator today, and let him or her know of your opposition to the amendment to HB 1573. Find your Legislator
- Write your state representative to voice the same opposition
- Write the Governor, asking him to withdraw his support for this bill, especially since it has exactly the same effect as the bill he vetoed 2 years ago, contrary to what his chief of staff may have told him.
- You may write your own letter, or use our template letter as a guide.
Central Indiana NARI’s Position
- The functions stated in the bill do not affect public safety, welfare, and health
- These functions are already registered and certified by The National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ – a private organization – ie: not tax dollars) by their NATIONAL exam which would still be required thru this bill – This shows that there is no benefit to Indiana businesses or residents since there are many equally reputable exams that cover this area of talent.
- ASID’s stated purpose is to regulate who can and who cannot perform these functions in all 50 states
- Other states have already been down this road, see California, Florida, Alabama (which recently was overturned due to unconstitutionality), and others, to negative effect
- This will affect, not only my business (already established in Indiana), but many others in MANY OTHER OCCUPATIONS who also perform these duties – even though they don’t call themselves interior designers.
- The state does not need to be wasting my tax dollars to oversee occupational functions such as these that do not affect public safety
Supporting Documents & Links
What ASID supports. Read their legislation page.
Read ASID’s Sample letter to a legislator regarding Interior Design.
Read some False statements on licensing.
Research answers to opposing viewpoints.
Read what is happening around the country at Interior Design Protection Council
The personal view of an ASID Allied member in Florida, who has been affected by this type of legislation. She emailed this to me directly.
Documents I sent to my senator the first time
- First letter to my senator
- 10 False statements regarding licensing
- ASID Resignation, Group 1
- ASID Resignation, Group 2
- 17 rebuttals to legislation proponents
- MANY occupations affected by this bill
- Central Indiana NARI members survey results – updated 2/24/09You can download these documents and share them with your senator, representative, and governor at will!Follow-up letters sent to my senator
- Second letter to my senator
- Reasons to Oppose SB337
I would encourage you to use these points for writing to the Governor also. Remind him of his own reasons just 2 short years ago.