The 32-6 vote shortly before the legislative session ended Friday drove the final stake into what started out as a bill (HB 5005) that originally would have deregulated many more businesses and occupations.
They included sports and talent agents, dance studios, gyms, and movers. They were removed in joint budget negotiations after senators objected to lifting regulations that protect consumers.
The vote was a victory for interior designers who opposed being deregulated. They said their university degrees would be wasted if training requirements were lifted.