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No love for interior designers board

The House approved numerous appropriations bills for state boards and commissions today but rejected one bill after Rep. Dan Greenberg, R-Little Rock, urged a “no” vote.

House Bill 1066, to appropriate $10,635 to the state Board of Registered Interior Designers, was defeated in a 60-30 vote, falling short of the three-fourths majority vote needed to pass an appropriations bill.

Greenberg said the board does nothing that cannot be done more cheaply and efficiently by the private sector. He cited a study that found that problems with interior designers are no worse in states where the industry is unregulated than in states where it is regulated.

“I understand why we have a sex offender registry, but there is no reason to have an interior designer registry,” Greenberg said.

Rep. Bruce Maloch, D-Magnolia, said the money would come from fees the board collects, not from taxpayers.

Greenberg said consumers would save $10,000-$15,000 a year if the board did not exist. He said he plans to file legislation to dissolve the board.


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4 Responses to “No love for interior designers board”

  1. January 29th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Cindy McCauley says:

    What Mr. Greenberg is not taking into account is that interior designers now are moved, if not required, to understand green standards. Be LEED certified, in fact. LEED certification that is required by all new commercial construction by all..not just designers, but construction, etc….and i doubt that the private sector know this or is even moved to get certified. Mr. Greenberg, and others, should take note of this fact.

  2. February 4th, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Reggie Houser says:

    Without the State Registry, this becomes a wide open market for anyone to hang a shingle and call themselves Interior Designers. You should take note not to confuse Interior Decorators with Interior Designers. It is important our Interior Designers be schooled in the areas mentioned by McCauley, but she failed to mention Fire Code. Most of what is seen on the popular decorating TV programs seriously violates Arkansas Fire Code and endangers people. The University of Arkansas has many students studying hard to earn the right to call themselves Interior Designers and pratice their trade. This is a serious blow to their profession and the U of A degree program. If this is not reversed, the U of A program will vanish. Based on this reasoning, why don’t we eliminate the registry for Architects also. I’m not a schooled/trained Archetect, but I’ve got a “flair” for drawing pretty buildings…can I go ahead and put my Ad in the Yellow Pages?

  3. February 7th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Brent Who Isn't Jeremy says:

    Reggie is flat wrong. Whether we have the registry or not, we will have an open market for anybody to call themselves an interior designer. The registry provides a vanity product — an additional credential. There are plenty of people who currently practice interior design in Arkansas right now, and the optional registry completely fails to protect consumers or the public. It should be eliminated. Half the states have no regulation of interior designers whatsoever. They have private organizations to give them credentials. Why isn’t that enough, and why does government have to get involved in this?

  4. February 16th, 2009 at 10:19 am

    paul says:

    I happen to have a degree in architecture, as well as the required-to-practice liscense … In addition, I am NCIDQ certified; and therefore consider myself to be an interior designer. Therefore, I think I have some understanding of all sides of this issue. I don’t feel that architects are necessarily any ‘better’ than interior designers, but they do have certain legal responsibilities that are different, if not beyond, what is typically expected of an interior designer. I am also a LEED AP, a member of AIA, and a host of other organizations – not to impress clients nor add to my signature, but to have a more complete understanding of what is needed in todays world of construction. Having the registry may be a start, but until there are legal requirements for the practive of interior design, and matching requirements for the general public, it seems the registry won’t really do much. Therefore, I would encourage a more ‘overall approach’ to the practice of interior design – similar to what some of our surrounding states have.

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