MIDLAC (Minnesota Interior Design Legislative Action Committee) has been the legislative watchdog for the interior design profession for many years in the state of Minnesota. This PAC (political action committee) is made up of members of different professional interior design organizations – primarily ASID and IIDA. One of the results of this organization has been the Profession of Interior Design in Minnesota statue (1983). This enables interior designers with the proper qualifications and who choose to become certified to use the title Certified Interior Designer (CID).
Many of the efforts of MIDLAC have focused on legislative interests, hiring lobbyists and educating our law makers regarding the practice of interior design. Recently the members of ASID and IIDA have decided to take a new look at, and a new direction for the future of advocacy for our profession. This included the disbanding of MIDLAC and using the funds raised and the efforts in a change to the approach. The goal of this new approach is to remain vigilant regarding the right to practice, and defining the practice of interior design, by keeping the members of the profession educated of any action and advocating done on their behalf. Also, more education of the public at large regarding Interior Design as an industry and the value professional, qualified interior designers bring to the health, safety, welfare and peace of mind to the build environment, in addition to the aesthetic.
This advocacy will be the continuation of a close relationship of ASID and IIDA from the national level through the chapters. All of us recognizing it is our responsibility to ensure our chosen profession is well represented and recognized as we work together with one voice moving forward.