No love for interior designers board
The House approved numerous appropriations bills for state boards and commissions today but rejected one bill after Rep. Dan Greenberg, R-Little Rock, urged a “no” vote.
House Bill 1066, to appropriate $10,635 to the state Board of Registered Interior Designers, was defeated in a 60-30 vote, falling short of the three-fourths majority vote needed to pass an appropriations bill.
Greenberg said the board does nothing that cannot be done more cheaply and efficiently by the private sector. He cited a study that found that problems with interior designers are no worse in states where the industry is unregulated than in states where it is regulated.
“I understand why we have a sex offender registry, but there is no reason to have an interior designer registry,” Greenberg said.
Rep. Bruce Maloch, D-Magnolia, said the money would come from fees the board collects, not from taxpayers.
Greenberg said consumers would save $10,000-$15,000 a year if the board did not exist. He said he plans to file legislation to dissolve the board.
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