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Section 481.2251, Florida Statutes 2004

481.2251  Disciplinary proceedings against registered interior designers.--

(1)  The following acts constitute grounds for which the disciplinary actions specified in subsection (2) may be taken:

(a)  Attempting to obtain, obtaining, or renewing, by bribery, by fraudulent misrepresentation, or through an error of the board, a license to practice interior design;

(b)  Having a license to practice interior design revoked, suspended, or otherwise acted against, including the denial of licensure, by the licensing authority of another jurisdiction for any act which would constitute a violation of this part or of chapter 455;

(c)  Being convicted or found guilty, regardless of adjudication, of a crime in any jurisdiction which directly relates to the provision of interior design services or to the ability to provide interior design services. A plea of nolo contendere shall create a rebuttable presumption of guilt to the underlying criminal charges. However, the board shall allow the person being disciplined to present any evidence relevant to the underlying charges and the circumstances surrounding her or his plea;

(d)  False, deceptive, or misleading advertising;

(e)  Failing to report to the board any person who the licensee knows is in violation of this part or the rules of the board;

(f)  Aiding, assisting, procuring, or advising any unlicensed person to use the title "interior designer" contrary to this part or to a rule of the board;

(g)  Failing to perform any statutory or legal obligation placed upon a registered interior designer;

(h)  Making or filing a report which the licensee knows to be false, intentionally or negligently failing to file a report or record required by state or federal law, or willfully impeding or obstructing such filing or inducing another person to do so. Such reports or records shall include only those which are signed in the capacity as a registered interior designer;

(i)  Making deceptive, untrue, or fraudulent representations in the provision of interior design services;

(j)  Accepting and performing professional responsibilities which the licensee knows or has reason to know that she or he is not competent or licensed to perform;

(k)  Violating any provision of this part, any rule of the board, or a lawful order of the board previously entered in a disciplinary hearing;

(l)  Conspiring with another licensee or with any other person to commit an act, or committing an act, which would tend to coerce, intimidate, or preclude another licensee from lawfully advertising her or his services;

(m)  Acceptance of compensation or any consideration by an interior designer from someone other than the client without full disclosure of the compensation or consideration amount or value to the client prior to the engagement for services, in violation of s. 481.2131(2); or

(n)  Rendering or offering to render architectural services.

(2)  When the board finds any person guilty of any of the grounds set forth in subsection (1), it may enter an order taking the following action or imposing one or more of the following penalties:

(a)  Refusal to approve an application for licensure;

(b)  Refusal to renew an existing license;

(c)  Revocation or suspension of a license;

(d)  Imposition of an administrative fine not to exceed $1,000 for each violation or separate offense and a fine of up to $5,000 for matters pertaining to a material violation of the Florida Building Code as reported by a local jurisdiction; or

(e)  Issuance of a reprimand.

History.--ss. 17, 24, ch. 88-383; s. 4, ch. 91-429; s. 306, ch. 94-119; s. 419, ch. 97-103; s. 131, ch. 98-166; s. 16, ch. 98-287; s. 122, ch. 2000-141; s. 191, ch. 2000-160; s. 35, ch. 2001-186; s. 4, ch. 2001-372.