An 'inside baseball' story about who won and who lost in battle to deregulate interior designers

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Just two days before the legislative session was supposed to end, the two professions at the center of a deregulation bill started girding up for what ultimately proved to bea sine die train wreck, reports Dara Kam of the Palm Beach Post.

The National Kitchen and Bath Association, already represented by Nick Iarossi ?a rising star on the Tallahassee lobbying scene ?and his associate Chris Schoonover, added seven more prominent lobbyists to its team: Louis Betz, Michael Corcoran, Chris Floyd, Yolanda Jackson, Ron LaFace Jr. and Gerald Wester.

On the opposite side: interior designers, the profession the Florida House wanted to deregulate to the chagrin of thousands of interior designers and universities with specialty graduate programs. Tallahassee powerhouse Ron Book and his entourage began representing the Interior Designs Association Foundation back in February. But on May 5, the foundation also enlisted the aid of some of the Capitol? most influential lobbyists: former RPOF lobbyist Rich Heffley, Brecht Heuchan, Guy Spearman, Sean Pittman and Missy Timmins.

In the end, those latest to the game won out. Continue reading Dara Kam’s story here.

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