IIDA VP of Advocacy, Corinne Barthelemy, here on behalf of the hardworking IIDA and ASID Advocacy Team, which we just invited you all to join in dramatic fashion.

To provide some context, updates, and opportunities:

Both the House and Senate released and voted on their economic development bills this week, which included a few amendments in support of the professional practice of commercial interior design.  

Senate Bill 2842 - An Act Enabling Partnerships for Growth

Thank you to everyone who contacted your Senator this week.  The Senate reviewed 361 amendments and made the decision to not adopt any policy issues that were active bills from the legislative session, which included our amendment along with 201 others.  While this means that SB2842 is not our pathway to an optional registration for interior designers nor a place on the Designer Selection Board, other pathways are still open:  Senate Bill 165 (more on that in a moment.) 

House Bill 4879 - An Act Enabling Partnerships for Growth

Our House Bill efforts were more covert but thank you again to those who were asked to contact your Representatives.  The House reviewed 499 amendments and ours was clustered in a category of amendments that were not adopted.  Similar to the Senate review, this was not a specific rejection to our specific policy issue, but rather a determination to not adopt it into House Bill 4879.  Also similar to the Senate, other pathways are still open: House Bill 4453 and House Bill 2710

What’s Next

Your outreach matters now more than ever.  We were able to get 193 participants in 24 hours. Imagine what kind of impact we can make with more time!

Please take a minute to follow this link to ask your Senator and Representative to support S.165 / H.4453 An Act Relative to Advancing the Profession of Commercial Interior Design and H.2710 An Act Relative to Inclusion of Certified Interior Designers on the Designer Selection Board

Join our Forces

The goal of these bills is to create more equitable practice opportunities for eligible interior designers in non-structural commercial interior scopes of work.  The language was carefully crafted to avoid creating unfair competition and to uphold quality of care for occupant healthy, safety, and wellness. 

Over the course of this week, many of you have seen messaging from AIA Massachusetts aimed at undermining this goal by spreading sensationalized, incorrect information.  The sign-and-seal responsibilities the opposition is aiming to “protect”, and that we are rightfully asking to gain, require a level of professionalism, integrity, and accuracy that was absent from their conduct.  I believe we are all in this industry to build a better Commonwealth and the inspiring outreach I observed from interior designers, architects, our extended community this week is evidence of that. 

We welcome an open discourse around questions or concerns and invite you to join us in advancing the profession of commercial interior design.

Sincerely,

Corinne Barthelemy
IIDA New England VP of Advocacy