Friday, August 15, 2008

And I thought the trans-fat ban was bad...

From Marginal Revolution:

In Alabama it is illegal to recommend shades of paint without a license. In Nevada it is illegal to move any large piece of furniture for purposes of design without a license. In fact, hundreds of people have been prosecuted in Alabama and Nevada for practicing "interior design" without a license. Getting a license is no easy task, typically requiring at least 4 years of education and 2 years of apprenticeship. Why do we need licenses laws for interior designers? According to the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) because,

Every decision an interior designer makes in one way or another affects the health, safety, and welfare of the public.


fatrat said...

While we're at it, we should get rid of the bar association for lawyers. It's a false construct that creates scarcity. Make a difficult licensing exam -- fine. But why do we need the bar association?

Some states let you practice law if you just pass the exam, but a lot of other ones don't.

Sean said...

For all the bad things you say about him, I think Milton Friedman did his dissertation on that topic.