A Message From Richard Alsop:
Legislative Wednesday coming up on Week 4… and the top 4 arguments we are hearing from legislators in support of ID licensing.
First of all, thanks goes out to Triangle, Wilmington, Eastern, Winston-Salem and Piedmont sections for fielding members at the Legislative Wednesday session 3 on May 29. See names below. By my tally over the weekend, while we are not quite at 40% coverage of Legislators, a high percentage of officials we do speak with are saying they would oppose the bill if it were presented for a vote.
Second, for a status update: H858, the Interior Design License Bill remains in the House Finance Committee, awaiting its turn for a committee hearing, which could come about as early as this Tuesday. If it does not, it gives AIA another huge opportunity to affect its passage in that crucial committee. Once past Finance, it will move through Rules and almost immediately come to the House floor for a vote.
Now, here are the top four reasons to support IDs we ran up against while speaking with legislators this week.
- “The majority of Interior Designers are women and small business owners.” – True, but most architectural firms are small businesses as well, and there is no restriction on women becoming architects. According to David Hill, FAIA, the Head of the School of Design at NCSU, 75% of the incoming students for 2020 are women with 35% being Ethnic minority. Use these facts as you see the need.
- “The AIA keeps moving the goal post for Interior Designers.” – A catchy slogan, but untrue. AIA’s objection to both H590 from the last session and the current H858 are exactly the same. See the comparison on the link below. The standards for public safety need to be protected with a level of competence and oversight not present in the HB 858 bill. We are maintaining that you should not “Lower the Bar” (that’s our catchy slogan) to simply allow one group to carve out a segment of business. Keep public safety as the reason for regulating any profession.
- “Interior Designers can fill in where there are no architects in rural NC.” – Facts are that there are over 3,000 licensed architects in NC and about 300 CIDQ certified Interior Designers. Your better chances are to find an architect.
- “Interior Designers have to pay architects to seal their drawings.” – Although clearly not legal for an architect to seal work they did not do or directly supervise, this gets a lot of attention. Legislators need to know this. No mention by them that ID’s get commissions on sales of products they specify, which can be a substantial source of income, whereas architects are restricted by statute from receiving undisclosed kick-backs.
At this time, knowing we have not gotten to a majority of House members to secure a majority of “no” votes, we expect it to pass the House and go to the Senate for their review and approval. We need to do more to stop this overreach and threat to public safety.
Our message is simple and verifiable: H858 bill will allow CIDQ Certificate holders who from 1974 to 2018 were required to have only 40 credit hours in Interior Design classes in a community college, who could self report their work experience which may have only included sales of interior finishes or furnishings, who passed an exam they studied for through a correspondence course and who then received their CIDQ certificate, the right to seal drawings and submit them with engineering drawings they are not qualified to coordinate, so as to obtain a permit for a project in any occupancy classification in the Building code for an unlimited area interior space. And do so under the administration of the Department of Insurance, which has no ability to monitor oversight.
The facts presented above were obtained from the CIDQ website. And this verification is available for you to view on the link below.
Last, we have to recognize all those who were present for Legislative Week 3. Our best day yet! Sasha Berghausen; Ginna Freyaldenhoven; Ed Boundin; Shawna Hammon; Fred Jernigan; Jennifer Heintz; Scott Nelsen; Laura Miller; Anna Traylor; Brian Dautel; Shermin Ata; Dane Thompson; Jenn Truman, Richard Alsop, Hunt McKinnon, Gary Hubler and Charles Boney.
Last Note: Thanks to Jim Compton who will be handling orientation for members on June 5, 10:00 am at CfAD. If you are planning to attend, please let your section Liaison know.
Asheville: Tripp Anderson: gaa@aitonanderson.
Charlotte: Richard Alsop: firstname.lastname@example.org
Winston Salem: Micah Martin: email@example.com
Greensboro: Shermin Ata: firstname.lastname@example.org
Triangle: Jim Compton: email@example.com
Eastern: Hunt McKinnon: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wilmington: Charles Boney: charlesboneyls3p.com
Thanks to everyone for continuing to write and call your legislators.
Richard Alsop, AIA
AIANC Director of Advocacy