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E-news Oct-2008

ISSUED: Monday, Oct 27, 2008

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Many of our members and legislators have been seeing emails and newsletter articles from opposition groups making outrageous claims stating that the interior design licensing bill will put “everyone out of business except for a handful of elite designers.” They also argue licensing the profession is a violation of free speech claiming that drawing a sketch on a napkin will get you prosecuted!

The IDLCPA has put together a Fact VS Fiction document that addresses many of the unsubstantiated claims and the actual truth to dispute these misconceptions. Please use this document to become comfortable with the issues so you can talk to colleagues and legislators that are hearing and possibly believing the opposition. Please also share this information with the industry  representatives who are also targeted by these claims.

The simple facts are that:

  • The Interior Design Practice Act is meant to protect the Health, Safety and Welfare of the general public
  • There is a difference between an Interior Design Professional and an Interior Decorator. Although both job categories are needed in today’s society, there are many projects that call for a professional that has the education, experience and testing to address space designes regulated by Pennsylvania building codes.
  • There are specific exemptions in the bill to ensure that decorators, contractors, architects, kitchen and bath specialists, retailers and related industry fields will still be able to practice within their scope of expertise.
  • There are clauses in the bill to ensure that designers who have been successfully practicing for years will be able to get licensed regardless of educational background.

If you or anyone you know has a question about the bill, please contact an IDLCPA board member so we can provide answers.


Can anyone believe it’s almost November? Which means the Holidays and New Year are right around the corner! Before we all get caught up in the craziness of the season, now would be a great time to get those 2009 Membership forms filled out and mailed in. Please look for email reminders or go to the website and download a membership form at

Memberships are critical to our cause. Along with showing the legislators how many people are dedicated to licensing, the memberships also help us keep track of constituents in certain districts, so that when we hear that a representative is having
second thoughts, we can get his or her voters to send emails and make phone calls directly to him or her.

Due to the economy, the prices for the memberships are staying the same as last year. These rates are very reasonable compared with other professional organizations and all the money stays in state to protect our right to practice!

For an added incentive, IDCLPA will be mailing one decal per membership this year that you can put on your car or workstation showing your support for licensing.  The decal is a simple black and white box that states “Support Interior Design Licensing” and the website. Can you imagine if legislators started seeing these decals all across the state? That would sure get their attention!!!!!

Additional decals are available for a donation of 1 for $3 or 2 for $5 by
sending a check to the IDLCPA, PO Box 44144, Pittsburgh, PA 15205.


IDLCPA is conducting a raffle for a 2 person, 3 night Carnival Cruise! CH Briggs has generously donated the cruise to help raise funds for the coalition.

Thanks so much to Tom Gillingham, Stephanie Adams and all the folks at CH Briggs!

As the weather gets colder and colder, think how great it would be to escape it all and have a chance to totally relax and recharge!  The Raffle donation is $10 per ticket or 2 for $15 and all board members have tickets to sell. Please look for IDLCPA board members at all events and get your chance to win! For additional tickets please contact Suzanne Kile at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Drawing will be held in April, 2009. Of course the cruise does have limitations and opportunities to upgrade, so if you have questions, please ask for the details!


IDLCPA is aggressively pursuing licensing in Harrisburg,and we need to get our name and issue in front of legislators. To do this we contributeto legislators’ campaign committees through the PAC (Political Action Committee).

2008 is an election year for the PA House and Senate, and there are numerous campaign contribution opportunities. We, along with our lobbyist, have targeted key legislators that will help get our bill passed, but we need funding!

Please contribute as much as you can to the Interior Designer’s PAC. We need $15,000 in the next year to meet our goal. To date we have only reached about $1000 of our goal. IDLCPA Board members have given the most money and we are asking for your financial help. If every member would contribute $20.00, we would be able to meet our requirements! Please note that contributions are not tax deductible, and may not be made by a corporation. Your help is very much appreciated!

Please send a check made out to “Interior Designers PAC” (sorry, checks made out to the IDLPA can not be deposited into the PAC account), and mail to: IDLCPA, PO Box 44144Pittsburgh, PA 15205

2009-2010 BOARD

IDLCPA is currently looking for dedicated persons to join our board and fill positions for 2009-2010. Terms and positions vary from 1-2 years. If youare interested please contact Sheri Spoharski, IDLCPA Member At Large West.


We need all designers to continue to get involved by contacting Noelle Weaver at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This November after the electionsnew legislators will be elected to sit on the Professional Licensure Committees in both the House and the Senate.

Please take time to visit and find your representatives in both the House and the Senate. If any of your legislators sit on the Professional Licensure Committee, PLEASE contact Mary Ann Mozelewski at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

House Bill 1258

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