Certified Interior Designers prevail in successfully removing decertification legislation from Senate Bill 678 and House Bill 1291. Since late in 2011 interior designers in Virginia have been working tirelessly to raise awareness of the role of Certified Interior Designers in protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public. Proposed legislation introduced as part of Governor McDonnell's Commission on Government Reform jeopardized protections for the public, and threatened the right to practice for nearly 500 individuals and small businesses.
A detailed and powerful knowledge sharing campaign led by CCVID, the Council for Certified Virginia Interior Designers, and the government affairs firm Principle Advantage LLC, helped increase the understanding of this profession and it's impact on the built environment, building code, life safety, and economic growth.
Working together, Virginia's Certified Interior Designers prevailed in successfully removing decertification from legislation resulting from the governor's commission.
We would like to thank the many designers and professional organizations ASID and IIDA who acted on behalf of this effort, meeting with their legislators and writing letters. As well, we must also thank the legislators who heard our appeal and voted to strike decertification legislation. Lastly, we express our gratitude to the team of Angie Bezik, and Ann Flandermeyer Kirwin from Principle Advantage.
Protecting the right to practice for interior designers and protecting the welfare of the public are interrelated and united under a common cause. KSA Interiors will continue to work towards these protections and looks forward to furthering the interior designers role in promoting public welfare and the scope of the interior design profession.