Interior designers fight against deregulation in Florida
on Monday,April 11,2011 21:04
A new bill in Florida would deregulate 20 professions in order to improve the economy. Because this legislation would impact the licensing process of interior designers, many individuals in this field have expressed their outrage to the House, according to the Miami Herald.
Florida is one of the three states across the country that require individuals in this field to hold a license. A total of 90 people showed up to speak at the hearing to fight against the deregulation and explain the necessity of their profession because it would devalue their status in their field, according to the Herald. One designer explained that a part of her job was to ensure that certain materials can not be turned into weapons in jails or schools, to make sure fabrics are not hazardous and to use proper flooring.
Michelle Earley, an interior designer from Tampa, said to the House of Business Consumer Affairs that, "not allowing interior designers to be specialists and focus on the things they do...is contributing to 88,000 deaths every year."
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, to receive a license as an interior designer, individuals have to complete six years of education that is focused on this field and pass a qualifying exam.
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