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Interior Decorating Law

Recorded on June 12, 2011

From the Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

Just how far can government go? Japan punishes you if your waistline is too big. Canada says it's illegal for preachers to denounce homosexuality.

And Florida says you can go to jail for designing room interiors without a license. Unless you have six years' experience, pass a test from an industry trade group, and pay a fee, it's illegal to design business interiors without a license in Florida.

It's another example of businesses getting government to limit their competition. An appeals court has upheld that law, so now the Supreme Court is being asked to step in.

The court that says Florida can restrict interior design is the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals—the same court that now is pondering whether Obamacare is constitutional. Wherever they draw the line on government meddling, here's hoping they agree that Obamacare has gone too far.

From the Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.