House Bill 1193 loosened or abolished rules governing more than 30 different professions.
In an op ed coauthored with former Colorado state supreme court justice Rebecca Love Kourlis, he outlines some ways to make legal services more affordable for the poor and lower middle class.
Harsh occupational license rules locked them out, except when they were locked up. A new bill just passed to change the rules.
Tennessee's requirement that barbers have at least a high school education is "unconstitutional, unlawful, and unenforceable," ruled the state's Chancery Court.
Officials claim doing business is a revocable “privilege,” but many Americans see it as a right that they’ll exercise with or without licenses and permits.
Licensing laws can be weaponized to chill speech.
The Covid pandemic strengthens the case for abolishing a requirement that should never have been imposed in the first place.
Sen. Josh Hawley Says He 'Took on an Asian Trafficking Ring' and 'Freed a Dozen Women in Sex Slavery.' That's Not True.
As a state attorney, the young GOP senator oversaw raids of more than a dozen massage parlors, but he didn’t secure a single sex trafficking conviction.
Pennsylvania Is the Latest State To Loosen Occupational Licensing Rules for Individuals With Criminal Records
Finding a steady job is the best way to keep a person from going back to prison or jail. These changes make a lot of sense.
The Occupational Freedom and Opportunity Act "will save thousands of Floridians both time and money for years to come," says Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Making a living is a right, not a privilege, and should be respected as such.
The Institute for Justice fights for the right to receive paid training as a farrier without a high school diploma or equivalent.
A flawed argument for judicial passivity in cases of government regulation.
Following Georgia's ruling in favor of a lactation consultant, Pennsylvania’s high court reviews another “unreasonable” occupational licensing scheme.
"We have long interpreted the Georgia Constitution as protecting a right to work in one's chosen profession free from unreasonable government interference."
Pandemic patients get better care when medical professionals are free to work where they're needed. The same will undoubtedly be true of regular patients after COVID-19 has left our lives.
Most serious approaches to the crisis, however, are decidedly libertarian. They involve reducing regulations that keep industries from responding rapidly in an emergency situation.
"You cannot just decide you want to sell groceries," said Barbara Ferrer, the director of L.A. County Public Health.
It's time to free midwives from excessive regulation and make room for more home births.
Mississippi has a reputation for being one of the most obese states in the nation, as well as having one of America's highest incarceration rates. Neither will be improved by treating unlicensed dieticians like serious criminals.
Oregon Tried To Silence This Engineer's Red Light Camera Research. Now Experts Say He Was Right All Along.
Mats Järlström's research never would have seen the light of day if the Oregon Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying had its way.
Adult performers are outraged at the proposed licensing requirements, and have vowed to fight the bill.
Virginia Is About To Require a Government License for 'Art Therapy,' Because Glue and Scissors Are 'Potentially' Dangerous
The real motive for laws like this has nothing to do with scissors and glue. It's all about protectionism.
Undercover sheriff's deputies posing as homeowners hired handymen to paint, install recessed lighting, or do other tasks that require licenses. Then they arrested them.
Right now, most licensing boards require that the majority of members be from the same licensed profession. It's not difficult to see how that leads to anti-competitive rules.
High permit fees and unprepared bureaucrats get in the way of delicious street tacos and bacon dogs.
"Liberty," Thomas Jefferson wrote, "is unobstructed action according to our will; but rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will, within the limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others."
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.
Ontario has lost millions trying to sell cannabis.
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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.