Advocacy Bills reach the State House: Show your Support!

Dear IIDA Members and fellow design professionals –

Together, the New England Chapter of IIDA and the ASID would like to take a moment to update you on the progress we have made on our efforts to pass legislation in Massachusetts that would create a pathway towards new opportunities and growth in the interior design industry, and to enlist your support and advocacy for the continued success of this initiative.

The ball is rolling! As some of you may know, we have been working with Representative Elizabeth Poirier and Senator Barbara L’Italien on House Bill 2826 and Senate Bill 132, “An Act Relative to Advancing the Profession of Interior Design,” which would create an optional route to state registration of for interior designers. With these two strong legislative champions as our lead sponsors and through our collective efforts, we were able to share with more than 3/4 of the Legislature the importance of this legislation. So many legislators now understand why a new law is needed to (a) ensure those working in the profession of interior design are treated equally and fairly, (b) generate small business growth, and (c) entice recent graduates to remain in the Commonwealth to utilize their skills and put their degree to use.

We are pleased to tell you that our message has resonated very well with members of the Legislature and we were able to gather an impressive number of co-sponsors for this new legislation. In total, 48 members of the House of Representatives are co-sponsors of HB 2826 and 9 members of the Senate support SB 132. That means more than 1/4 of the Legislature supports our efforts to advance the profession by removing restrictions that existing laws currently place on interior designers.

Your voice matters! As a member of IIDA we need your help at an upcoming public hearing for HB 2826/SB 132 to build off this momentum. The hearing will be at the State House before the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure on Tuesday, July 18th. While we are pleased to already have the support of some members of the Committee, it is imperative that all of its members hear from leaders in the interior design industry such as yourself, to reinforce why the enactment of these bills is necessary for interior designers to shatter the glass ceiling that has unfairly restricted their ability to grow professionally and expand their portfolios. Please reach out to members HERE to ask for their favorable report on HB 2826/SB 132.

You can submit written testimony to the following: 

Senator Barbara A. L’Italien, Chairwoman 

Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure

State House, Room 109-E

Boston, MA 02133

barbara.l’italien@masenate.gov

Representative Tacky Chan, Chairman

Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure

State House, Room 134

Boston, MA 02133

tackey.chan@mahouse.gov

Again, through our collective efforts we have been able to create a healthy dialogue around the importance of this vital piece of legislation to advance the profession of interior design. Your continued advocacy and support will bring us even closer to achieving success.

Sincerely,

Aimee M Schefano

IIDA NE, VP of Advocacy