Current Ongoing Legislative Issues Facing the Design,
Decorating, ReDesign and Staging Industry
The National Board, State Presidents and RESA Executive Committee have voted unanimously to support the Interior Design Protection Council (IDPC) and the Institute of Justice (IOJ) in opposing the legislation to create Title and Practice Acts in the Design Industry.
RESA’s role as the trade association and the authority on staging is to give a voice to the professional stager and representing our member’s wants, needs and objectives. As such, we see our role as watch keepers for the industry and any events that could affect your ability to conduct your business. We have been listening to your concerns about this legislation and agree that this situation is a troubling trend in the design industry. We are committed to being your voice so professional stagers across North America are represented and not ignored.
Our decision to get involved was so we were not passively watching from the sidelines, as the effects of these political movements could make it difficult for stagers to operate their businesses as they have been.
RESA membership will also get the Newsletter notifications advising you of legislation in your state. Those newsletters will tell you about the specific bills and give you your representative’s names and contact information in addition to a sample letter you should send to have your voice be heard. During 2007/2008 the Institute of Justice and the IDPC have helped defeat 55 legislative acts, including 4 governor vetoes. They need our assistance in continuing to get legislation denied.
In Canada 6 provinces have a title act, one has a practice act, and one (Ontario) has legislation pending. So our Canadian membership should also be concerned and keep informed.
While no industries are being "targeted" by this legislation, it does seem to affect many industries including staging. EX: Many people in the Kitchen and Bath industry are not designers but yet the Kitchen and Bath industry is affected and opposes the legislation.
We urge professional stagers to keep yourself educated on the current issues. Please read over the information so you may make informed decisions for your business.
Should any members have questions or concerns please feel free to email me at Shell@RESA-HQ.org, I am available to correspond via email or we can make an appointment to talk via phone. We will keep the membership informed at all times.
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