Practice Rights Legislation Reintroduced in Wisconsin
Practice rights legislation has been reintroduced in the Wisconsin Legislature. Though Wisconsin currently has a title act, the state does not provide a construction document stamp for designers to seek a building permit for their work.
The bill, AB 320, provides registered interior designers with the capability to stamp and seal their own construction plans for permitting. Similar language passed through the Senate and was heard in the Assembly in 2019 but did not advance further due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill has garnered broad, bipartisan support, and has been referred to the Assembly Committee on Regulatory Licensing Reform, chaired by bill cosponsor Shae Sortwell(R). The bill was recently heard in this committee on May 18.
The professional organizations supporting the interior design profession, the American Society of Interior Design, and International Interior Design Association, are actively advocating in support of this legislation. For more information about the effort to establish practice rights in Wisconsin, text 'interior design' to 52886.
Interior Design Legislation Enacted in Oklahoma
As of May 10, there are new changes to interior design regulation in the state of Oklahoma, thanks to legislation passed by the Oklahoma Legislature. Signed into law by Governor Kevin Stitt, the bill, HB 1147, allows interior designers in Oklahoma to practice autonomously, providing that registered commercial interior designers can now stamp and seal their own construction plans. This is a positive development in interior design regulation, and for certified interior designers in Oklahoma.
In addition to allowing registered commercial interior designers to stamp and seal their own plans for permitting, the new law changes the protected title in the state to “registered commercial interior designer” and revises the scope of practice by adding definitions for commercial interior design, nonstructural commercial interior construction, and fire and life safety systems. The measure, which will go into effect July 1, 2021, also adds another interior designer member to the "Board of Governors of the Licensed Architects, Landscape Architects and Registered Commercial Interior Designers of Oklahoma.”
CIDQ supports legislation that allows NCIDQ certificate holders to practice to the fullest extent of their professional capabilities and applauds the Oklahoma Legislature for taking this step to support interior design regulation and protect the health, safety and welfare of the public.