Late in the evening on Friday, May 6 the Florida Senate defeated H.B. 5005, the "Deregulating of Professions and Occupations" bill, by a vote of 32-6.
"We are pleased the Florida Senate took the time necessary to thoughtfully consider the negative implications of eliminating commercial interior design registration," commented Don Davis, ASID Director of Government and Public Affairs. "The Senate's decision to vote down H.B. 5005 is in the best interest of Floridians and the state's economy."
The Senate's decision to vote down H.B. 5005 will allow Florida's more than 2,800 registered interior designers to continue in their current practice.
"Licensing in Florida has created a robust design industry that employs thousands of Floridians and contributes significantly to the economy," said Allison Levy, IIDA Senior Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs. "This vote by the Florida Senate ensures interior designers' continued opportunity to contribute to their fullest capabilities."