Regulating Interior Designers

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Regulating Interior Designers by George Will Thursday, March 22, 2007 PHOENIX -- In the West, where the deer and the antelope used to play, the spirit of "leave  us alone" government used to prevail. But governments of Western states are becoming  more like those elsewhere, alas.  Consider the minor -- but symptomatic -- matter of the government-abetted aggression by  "interior designers" against mere "decorators," or against interior designers whom other  interior designers wish to demote to the status of decorators. Some designers think  decorators should be a lesser breed without the law on its side.  Those categories have blurry borders. Essentially, interior designers design an entire  space, sometimes including structural aspects; decorators have less comprehensive and  more mundane duties -- matching colors, selecting furniture, etc.  In New Mexico, anyone can  work  as an interior designer. But it is a crime, punishable by a  fine of up to $1,000 and up to a year in prison, to list yourself on the Internet or in the  Yellow Pages as, or to otherwise call yourself, an "interior designer" without being certified  as such. Those who favor this censoring of truthful commercial speech are a private group 
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