Judge Blocks Kentucky’s Protectionist Moving Company Veto Regs

In February, Reason contributor Eric Boehm wrote about Certificate of Necessity laws, a protectionist licensing scheme that allows moving companies to veto competitors entering their marketplace.

Today, Boehm notes over at Watchdog.org a federal judge blocking such a law in Kentucky:

A Kentucky state law that requires new moving companies to prove to government bureaucrats that there is a “need” for their services before they can obtain a license has been blocked by a federal judge.

On Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Danny Reeves ordered the state of Kentucky to halt enforcement of its so-called “competitor’s veto” law for moving companies.  The law gives existing licensed companies the ability to block new companies from getting licenses to operate.

The state of Kentucky was seeking to prosecute Raleigh Bruner, owner of Wildcat Moving, in a state court for violating that law while Bruner is suing the state in federal court in an attempt to get the law overturned on constitutional grounds.

With luck, it will stay down and other similar regulations will follow.

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  • ||

    The guy not only sues to have the law overturned, but then goes about business as if it had been overturned already. I LIKE this guy!

  • Hugh Akston||

    So that takes care of the second worst thing about Kentucky.

  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

    Admit it Hugh, you secretly enjoy SF's Capitol Hill fanfic, particularly the stuff with Pelosi in it.

  • ||

    NutraSweet's fanfic isn't the worst thing about Kentucky. NutraSweet is the worst thing about Kentucky.

  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

    I disagree. It's a tossup between Clooney and Cyrus.

  • SugarFree||

    I do what I can to move up the list. Fuck Billy Ray and his tramp daughter.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Well, if you fuck Billy Ray and his daughter, you'll definitely move up the list.

  • robc||

    She was born in Nashville, so I take no blame for her.

    The father, alas....

  • Brett L||

    The father, alas....

    Don't blame yourself. There were so many wannabes in tight jeans and mullets in the early 90s. Exterminating them all is beyond the ability of mere humans.

  • robc||

    I was out of the country for part of the early 90s, that is my excuse.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    At least you don't have to worry about what he "links" to.

  • ||

    Yes, for once incompetence works in our favor.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    I was confused after reading the headline as "companies who are moving" instead of "companies that provide services to people who are moving".

  • Hyperion||

    NR, but this is a pretty interesting read:

    Something about no Libertarian countries...

  • Floridian||

    These “waves of the future” were simply gussied-up tribalisms, anachronisms made gaudy with the trappings of modernity, like a gibbon in a spacesuit.

    I laughed.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    THIS is subtlety:

    ...but if it were perfect, I suspect fewer cars would be on fire over there.
  • Cliché Bandit||

    This is probably one of the best paragraphs I have seen from him:

    The only truly new political idea in the last couple thousand years is this libertarian idea, broadly understood. The revolution wrought by John Locke, Edmund Burke, Adam Smith, and the Founding Fathers is the only real revolution going. And it’s still unfolding.
  • Cytotoxic||

    That's both profound and extremely hopeful. The last several years have seen improvement in much of the conservative intelligentsia.

  • Brett L||

    While I think Goldberg got especially disillusioned while writing Liberal Fascism, I'm unconvinced that he is the vanguard of a liberty friendly conservative intelligentsia.

  • Rhywun||

    I am a little surprised to see these words coming out of him - I'd swear it would not have happened back when I was reading that magazine more often (well, at all) around seven or eight years ago.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    We must have entered END TIMES...

  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

  • Cytotoxic||

    I am not clicking on that. Not even if my boss instructed me to.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    wow
    i am now dumber for having clicked that link

  • Cliché Bandit||

    why am i so stupid?

    At least I didnt click that nancy pelosi dancing video...whew

  • Ted S.||

    I don't know why you're so stupid, but I'm sure I'm not the only one who enjoys your stupidity. :-p

  • Cliché Bandit||

    I still want my credibility back Ted...I haven't forgotten.

    On this issue.

  • ||

    That has got to be PEAK DERP, right? Yikes.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    Hey Dagny...long time no read.

  • ||

    Stupid work is to blame for that. All work and no H&R makes... well, makes for a piss poor attempt at a cliché, at least.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    I appreciate the effort.

  • Ted S.||

    You can access H&R from a home computer, you know.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    WHAT!?!?!?!?!

  • Cliché Bandit||

    Since when?

  • ||

    Thank you, Pedant-in-Chief! (I kid, I kid.) Listen, as long as oppression from the Eastern Time Zone continues, dispatches from other, some would say more correct, time zones will be limited.

  • SugarFree||

    If you really loved us like you say you do, you'd get up early enough to spend time with us.

  • Virginian||

    That's what sloopy does.

  • ||

    sloopy does a lot of things, Virginian. Not all of them are wholesome or recommended for the general public.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    HEAR HEAR!!! I Second the motion!

  • Cliché Bandit||

    my comment was in support of other timezones. MDT speaking here, we are truly the "Forgotten Zone"

    "tune in at 9, 8 central"

    FUCK YOU CENTRAL!!!! WHEN IS MY GOD DAMN SHOW ON???!?!?!?

  • Neoliberal Kochtopus||

    Uh,7,right?

  • Cliché Bandit||

    you would THINK so wouldn't you...that is far from a guarantee. Could be 7, could be 9, could be fucking 2am.

    The advent of the dvr fixed this by the way.

  • Rhywun||

    I noticed they pull that shit even on the west coast the one year I lived year. I was like, what kind of backwards hell have I gotten myself into? Moved back east later that year.

  • robc||

    EST is God's time. The odd thing is that Israel isnt in the EST, like you would think.

    Everyone should be on EST and just adjust.

  • some guy||

    You can access H&R from a home computer, you know.

    But why would you want to? There's fun stuff to do at home.

  • Brett L||

    "All work and no play make [Dagny] something, something..."

  • ||

    Don't mind if I do!

  • Hugh Akston||

    Unfortunately, scientists estimate that the derp wells at sites like Fark, Reddit, and Gawker are nearly inexhaustible.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    What about the youtube basin?

  • Zeb||

    They are like shale deposits. Dirty and only worth it as a last resort.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    can we frak fark?

  • ||

    Well played, sir.

  • ||

    So we'll never reach peak derp?

  • Floridian||

    They REALLY like their caveman jokes. I kept waiting for a reasoned argument but it never came. Just poop flinging. I will never go to that site again.

  • some guy||

    Check out Reddit instead. They aren't much smarter but they tend to auto-filter the most reasoned arguments to the top. There might be something good somewhere in Fark, but God alone could find it. And even he would need a shower afterwards.

  • Floridian||

    I will give it a shot. It can't be worse.

  • A Serious Man||


    In the old Soviet Union, Mao's China, Pol Pot's Cambodia, and today's North Korea, they tried to move toward the ideal Communist system.

    I must have missed the chapter where Marx wrote about the virtues of murderous authoritarian dictatorships.

    DERP!

  • Cliché Bandit||

    it is not worth the electrons to respond.

  • Floridian||

    I thought about responding to the farkanoids but then I followed lord humongous' advice and just walked away.

  • BiMonSciFiCon||

    What leftists don't understand:

    -The worst that would happen under a truly libertarian government would be that people would be left people alone. Some people might not flourish, but the government would not actively harm them.

    -Communism, by its own terms, requires that the government actively take from some and give to others. It requires people to cooperate with the system. So while Marx may not have written a chapter about the virtues of murderous authoritarian dictatorships (and he may have, I am not an expert on his work), his economic system requires a repressive government.

    But communism feels good ("to each according to his need") so let's just snark about greedy libertarians.

  • Rrabbit||

    The worst that would happen under a truly libertarian government would be that people would be left people alone.

    Not true, unfortunately. The worst that could possibly happen is lawlessness, where warlords and/or militarized large corporations control society.

  • some guy||

    This. Libertarianism and democracy only work together if most of the people are honest libertarians. Otherwise you either get warlords or a welfare state.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    I must have missed the chapter where Marx wrote about the virtues of murderous authoritarian dictatorships.

    It was in the chapter were he advocates for a "dictatorship of the proletariat".

  • Virginian||

    *big bong rip*

    Nah dude he didn't mean like a real dictatorship, he meant like it would be like a big family with everyone taking care of each other man. Like, you wouldn't have to work if you didn't feel like it, you could just chill out and be easy, know what I mean?

  • BiMonSciFiCon||

    Hippie: Yeah, we'll have one guy who like, who like, makes bread. A-and one guy who like, l-looks out for other people's safety.

    Stan: You mean like a baker and a cop?

    Hippie: No no, can't you imagine a place where people live together and like, provide services for each other in exchange for their services?

    Kyle: Yeah, it's called a town.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

  • robc||

    Or you can read Mises' Socialism where he shows why it was a necessary result.

  • Brett L||

    One one side, we have 100M people killed by aspiring socialist governments in the 20th century. On the other side, we have the tens of thousands who died at the hands of warlords in ungoverned states during the 20th century.

  • cw||

    From the Communist Manifesto:

    Nevertheless, in most advanced countries, the following will be pretty generally applicable.
    1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.
    2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
    3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance.
    4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.
    5. Centralisation of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with State
    capital and an exclusive monopoly.
    6. Centralisation of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State.

    7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State; the bringing into
    cultivation of waste-lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a
    common plan.
    8. Equal liability of all to work. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
    9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of all the
    distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the populace over
    the country.
    10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children’s factory labour in its
    present form. Combination of education with industrial production, &c, &c.

  • cw||

    The bolded items sound pretty authoritarian to me.

  • Libertymike||

    They are.

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