This year, Mississippi and North Carolina both ditched a vague "good moral character" clause that kept occupational licensing out of reach for people with criminal records.
The case is a bizarre example of occupational licensing woes and backward regulations.
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Licensing reform efforts cross partisan barriers. Unfortunately, so do efforts to cripple opportunity and prosperity.
The Democratic presidential candidate is the latest example that occupational licensing is truly a bipartisan battle.
No diploma, no making money telling people how to eat better.
Previously, hair braiders were required to spend 1,500 hours taking cosmetology classes.
Free Dumb Isn't Free
Gov. Tom Wolf just signed a bill to recognize occupational licenses obtained in different parts of the country.
To state Rep. Jillian Gilchrest, “Raising women up” apparently means depriving them of employment opportunities.
Those claiming that elevators are a public safety risk likely have ulterior motives.
Polis vetoed licensing requirements for HOA managers, sports agents, and genetic counselors. That's not sitting well with some members of his own party.
A Savannah, Georgia, law that required testing and licensing of tour guides is found unconstitutional.
State-level licensing laws can make it nearly impossible for workers to move from place to place, and that's a particular problem for military spouses. This bipartisan proposal could be a step towards fixing it.
Gov. Kevin Stitt is expected to sign a bill removing so-called "good character" provisions from all Oklahoma's occupational licensing laws.
N.Y. Food Police Shut Down a 7-Year-Old's Lemonade Stand. This Bill Makes Sure They Can't Do It Again.
"Kids like Brendan Mulvaney are trying to give people sweet lemonade and learn some important business skills but the overzealous state bureaucrats just keep giving taxpayers lemons."
Arizona Is Close to Abolishing an Absurd Licensing Law Requiring 1,000 Hours of Training to Blow-Dry Hair
Another victory for licensing reform in the Grand Canyon State.
If anything, he's understating how ridiculous they are.
"Arizonans who have recently moved here will be able to put their skills to work faster and without all the red tape," says Gov. Doug Ducey.
When "somebody packs up that moving van in Chicago, Illinois, they don't lose their skills on the way to the state of Arizona," says Gov. Doug Ducey.
Krueger's work included highlighting the breadth of licensing in American labor markers, and the economic costs of mandatory government permission slips.
Licensing Reform Opponents Say Unlicensed Barbers Would Be as Dangerous as Unlicensed Chefs. Chefs Aren't Licensed.
Texas barbers and cosmetologists turn to fearmongering.
New proposal from Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen. Elizabeth Warren would stop states from using the dumbest of all reasons to keep someone out of work.
Licensing laws tend to lock workers in place, but Gov. Doug Ducey says it's time to stop that foolishness.
Occupational licensing programs deprive people of livelihoods and often don't improve public health.
State lawmakers target pet groomers, drain cleaners, interior designers, pecan buyers, athletic trainers, antler dealers, and....art therapists?
A new law in Ohio and an executive order in Idaho require state lawmakers to take a more active role in overseeing occupational licensing boards.
Even if the Oregon Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying disagrees.
After years of conflict and erratic enforcement, Los Angeles finally passes a formal plan to allow street vending.
There Are 200 California Inmates Fighting the Camp Fire. After Prison, They Likely Won't Be Allowed to Become Firefighters
California's licensing laws mean inmates can risk their lives for less than $2 per day, but can't earn a living after they get out of prison.
A city ordinance let officers harass women as part of a licensing inspection process. A judge ruled it unconstitutional.
Anita and Jim McHaney are suing to overturn "preposterous" regulations on cottage food production.
Florida says "hearing aid specialists" must pass multiple tests and be certified to conduct a full audiological exam, essentially quizzing them on skills and tech dating back to the 1950s.
But the real problem here isn't human-trafficking troops, it's regulators raising crime panic.
Once again, government would best serve the public by just getting out of the way.
As Prisoners, They Can Help Fight California's Huge Wildfires. As Free People, They're Banned From Being Firefighters
California's licensing laws make it almost impossible for individuals with criminal records to become professional firefighters.
Prospective tour guides won't have to cough up nearly $100 and study for weeks to talk about their city anymore.
When life hands you lemons, call the health department to complain.