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By Brian J. Barth

"Interior design" is not a term often uttered from a politician's soapbox. However,
the profession featured prominently in Florida governor Ron DeSantis' "State
of the State" address in early 2019-but not in a good way. The newly elected
governor said he was on a mission to cut down on red tape that he felt made
it difficult for people to break into a number of occupations, including interior
design, a profession he lumps with barbers, auctioneers, and talent agents. "We
need reform of our occupational licensing regime," he said, calling the interior
design licensing requirements "absurd" and saying that these and other such
occupational requirements "need to be streamlined, rolled back, or eliminated."

Image: Bill Oxford/Unsplash

Florida lawmakers soon introduced a bill to repeal all interior design licensing
regulations, which would essentially eliminate crucial business rights for the
profession and hinder designers' ability to practice in regulated environments in
the state. Proponents of deregulation seem unaware of the public harm that
can result in unregulated designers working in public spaces. Their justification is
that consumers-and the "free market"-should be the only arbiters of deciding
who is qualified to do so. Fortunately, thanks to the efforts of the profession,
membership association staff, and understanding legislators, the bill died.
Sarasota interior designer Holly Dennis countered this thinking in an op-ed in
her local paper, the Herald-Tribune. "It is not difficult to justify the Florida interior
design license," she wrote, noting the "common misconception...that
interior designers only pick furniture and choose fabrics and paint colors, like
the decorators seen on television." What the governor did not seem to realize,
she added, is that interior designers "safeguard the well-being of the public in
high-volume, high-occupancy spaces... Eliminating this license will only harm...
the health, safety, and welfare of the public at large."

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