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"[Institute for Justice] Challenges Licensing of Speech For Interior Designers":

See here for details and links.

UPDATE: Here's a video from IJ about the case.

Bill Poser (mail) (www):
There's got to be a joke, probably politically incorrect, linking this to Proposition 8, but I can't think of one.
5.27.2009 7:25pm
ChrisTS (mail):
This is genuinely interesting.

I first thought the whole thing was a joke (Prop 8, aside), but I followed the link, read some of the pieces, and watched the video. I cannot see, at this point, that this is anything other than an effort to restrict entrepeneurs through a credentialing process that favors an existing self-appointed group.

What possible safety issues are there in interior design??? (The WSJ piece was a riot.)

If anyone is worried about consumer awareness, well, simply make sure that members of ASID flaunt their membership in their ads. At most, require the non-degree holders to indicate that in their ads. But how the heck can ASID insist that the phrase 'interior design' belongs exclusively to its members?

I guess I better think think twice about calling myself a 'gardener' absent a degree in horticulture.
5.27.2009 7:33pm
ChrisTS (mail):
Bill Poser:
There's got to be a joke, probably politically incorrect, linking this to Proposition 8, but I can't think of one.

"Anita Bryant insists on licensed, heterosexual designers"?
5.27.2009 7:35pm
einhverfr (mail) (www):
Nah, just change the font to one where the f's look sort of like t's.
Then call yourself an "Inferior Designer"
What's an inferior designer? Not as good as an interior designer? But a casual reading with the right font might cause people to read of the letter mistakenly ;-)
5.27.2009 8:20pm
PersonFromPorlock:
But as I'm fond of pointing out, under Heller we now allow for prior licensing as a condition of the exercise of constitutional rights.
5.28.2009 9:13am
Malvolio:
What possible safety issues are there in interior design???
Off the top of my head:

Lighting, paint, and signage choices leading to deaths during a fire or other catastrophe because people can't find the exit.

Flooring choices leading to slip-and-falls.

Surfaces, treatments, and accessories leading to fire, poisoning, and even strangulation.

I wouldn't say that licensing interior decorators would really address these risks much, but we shouldn't act like they don't exist.
5.28.2009 1:16pm
John M. Perkins (mail):
Georgia licenses interior designers at O.C.G.A. s. 43-4-30 et seq. and Off. Comp. R. &Reg. s. 50-10. It is a misdemeanor to call oneself "registered interior designer" without a state license.

The lead reasoning seems to be fire safety, load bearing and disability access.

I was expecting a bonding requirement for client funds, but didn't see such at a quick look.
5.28.2009 2:59pm
ChrisTS (mail):
I can see that an interior designer might be in charge of flooring and lighting choices. But load bearing? Disability access?

Perhaps I have the wrong idea of this work: I assumed architects and engineers did the sturctural planning. And wouldn't licensed electricians make any final approval of the amount of lighting to be used?
5.29.2009 3:59pm

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