General Law Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-5307

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING REGISTERED INTERIOR DESIGNERS.

Vote Date:

3/13/2012

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Substitute

PH Date:

3/6/2012

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Connecticut Coalition of Interior Designers

REASONS FOR BILL:

Current statutes prohibit registered interior designers the ability to display their registration and certification number on any form of advertisement. This bill will allow registered interior designers to utilize their certification to raise public awareness of their educational and professional background.

SUBSTITUTE LANGUAGE:

The substitute language clarifies the use of an interior designer's certification number in all advertisements.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

None submitted

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Eric Schoonmaker, President, Connecticut Coalition of Interior Designers testified in support of the bill. The bill will allow distinction between those who have achieved a level of professionalism and education from those who haven't. Due to industry changes, various trades such as interior designers, graphic artists, landscapers, and others have been “lumped” within the design category. This legislation would allow registered interior designers the ability to utilize their registration number to differentiate themselves. This provides protection to Connecticut consumers and residents when choosing a design appropriate for their project.

John Arabolos, Connecticut Coalition of Interior Designers testified in support of the bill. Current statute prohibits registered interior designers from displaying their registration number. Allowing this would align registered interior designers with other occupations within the construction industry. Changing this law gives consumers a better opportunity of selecting a qualified and responsible professional who is aware of the latest information regarding health, safety, and welfare as well as creates accountability - granting legal recourse against designers who violate the law.

Marissa Heglin, President, Student Chapter ASID, University of New Haven testified in support of the bill. “It is extremely important to me to get a job in a state that recognizes all of the effort I have put into getting my education and, that after I pass the NCIDQ, will also recognize me as professional registered interior designer entering the work force in this state.”

Heather Konish, Student, University of New Haven testified in support of the bill. “This registration number would ensure that I receive apt credit for my work, and to protect it more fully. This protection would also make me more likely to stay within the state of Connecticut after I graduate to live and work.”

Emily Boelsems, Student, University of New Haven testified in support of the bill. “I am here in support of HB 5307 in order to point out there is a significant difference between a professionally licensed interior designer and an individual who calls themselves an “interior decorator”. I want to distinguish that a person who attends college for four years or more for an interior design degree does not compare to a person who reads multiple books on interior design.”

Rachel Pirolli, Student, University of New Haven testified in support of the bill. “I am from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where we do not have a title registration. Having a title registration in Connecticut is important to me because, after I graduate, I can stay here and be recognized as a professional designer.”

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None submitted

Reported by: Brandon McCall

Date: 3/16/12