The Institute For Justice Triumphs Over the Feared, But Well-Appointed, Interior-Designer Cabal

The epic, no-holds-barred, deathmatch among the people who decide if that throw rug in your living room is declasse or not has ended.

Two groups went in; one group came out. And it was The People!! The amateurs-with-attitude who dared to take on the ogreish cabal of professional interior designers.

As we reported earlier, Texas was Ground Zero for the latest battle of this war, in which the American Society of Interior Designers fought to insure no one but an ASID member could carry the lofty title of "interior designer."

Their opponents: The Institute for Justice, which really sounds like a group that should have more important things on its hands.

Nevertheless, the Institute is strutting now that Governor Rick Perry has signed a law that says you no longer need a government-issued license to call yourself an interior designer.

"The Texas Board of Architectural Examiners spent two years and hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars trying to justify a scheme that said people who lawfully perform interior design work should not be allowed to call themselves interior designers," says Clark Neily, an Institute lawyer. "Although we commend the Legislature for finally putting a stop to the Board's campaign of censorship, it is important to recognize that the Legislature created this problem by passing the unconstitutional law in the first place. Hopefully, this case will serve as a reminder that when industry groups, like ASID, urge legislators to enact occupational licensing laws, they are there to promote their own special interests, not the public's."

Now, anyone who wants to call themselves a "registered interior designer" can simply fill out some forms with the state.

Which means you, the general public, are at the mercy of anyone when it comes to getting advice about how to decorate your home.

Or you could just, you know, trust your own taste.

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