YOUR OUTREACH WAS A SUCCESS!!!
House Bill 1354 has just been amended to exclude “Interior design or decorating services”! The ongoing outreach efforts in the House and the proactive round of calls and emails (over 900!) to the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee contributed to this success. Great job everyone!!!
House Bill 1354 was introduced in Maryland and included a sales tax on interior design and decorating services. The interior design profession in Maryland is worked jointly to educate legislators about interior design and the burden this tax would place on interior designers, particularly those who own their own small business.
Read the Facts
- Our State Board of Certified Interior Designers provides certification and regulation under the provisions of Business Occupations and Professions Article, Annotated Code of Maryland, Title 8 and the Code of Maryland Regulations 09.18. Certification in Maryland is a “Title” Act.
- Only a certificate holder may use the title “Certified Interior Designer “or “CID”, sign and seal plans, specifications, drawings, reports, or any other interior design documents that are required to be signed and sealed under Business Occupations and Professions Article, §8-403, Annotated Code of Maryland.
- Pursuant to Maryland law, each board or commission is subject to ‘sunset review” periodically. During the 2014 Session of the Maryland General Assembly, it was determined to continue the law governing the Title act for certification of interior designers until 2024. It will begin sunset review in 2022.
Meet the Lobbyist
BARBARA MARX BROCATO
Barbara is the Founder and President of Barbara Marx Brocato & Associates (est. 1990). Born and raised in Annapolis, she has spent the majority of her professional life working in Annapolis both in the public and private sector.
Dan has worked within the legislative and policy arena since 1998, and has been with Barbara Marx Brocato & Associates since 2000. Dan represents clients before legislative committees, administrative agencies, health occupation boards, task forces, work groups, and coalitions.