Depending on your point of view, a proposed law brought before the California legislature in April is either a common-sense effort to inform consumers about the services provided by interior designers or a covert attempt to use the state's legal system to push contractors, remodelers, and other established providers of home-design services out of the marketplace.

The dispute centers on whether SB 1312 is a title bill — legislation intended to restrict the use of the term "registered interior designer" to those who have fulfilled the training program established by the private National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) — or a practice bill, which would limit the practice of...

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