Veto Message 253

DATE 10/5/04


     VETO MESSAGE - No. 253


I am returning herewith, without my approval, the following bill:

Senate Bill Number 5361-C, entitled:

"AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to the practice of Interior Design"


This bill would amend the Education Law to require any person who utilizes the title “Interior Designer" to first obtain a license from the State Education Department. Under the bill, Interior Designers would have to meet the education, experience and examination requirements established in law in order to be licensed. Alternatively, a person with 15 or more years of experience practicing Interior Design could apply to the State Education Department for an exemption from the bill. The bill would take effect one year after becoming law.

Current law already provides that Interior Designers with demonstrable experience, skill and training can distinguish themselves by becoming licensed "Certified Interior Designers." Only duly licensed individual may hold themselves out as "Certified Interior Designers." Interior designers who do not wish to so distinguish themselves, however, may hold themselves out as Interior Designers free of State regulation. According to the State Education Department, relatively few Interior Designers have obtained state licensure.

While I commend the sponsors for their effort to ensure that consumers benefit from the services of highly qualified interior designers, current law already provides an effective method for Interior Designers to distinguish themselves by obtaining state licensure and title protection. I have not been presented with any compelling facts or circumstances to justify changing the current system. I am therefore constrained to disapprove this bill. The bill is disapproved.


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