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Licensing of landscapers set to change in Oregon

September 22, 2015 | By CALEB TROTTER

Oregon is one of the few states that requires landscape contractors to be licensed. One of Oregon’s requirements is that aspiring landscapers must pass a written exam. The Pacific Legal Foundation is generally opposed to anti-competitive occupational licensing laws, which is why I was intrigued to see that earlier this summer, the Oregon Legi ...

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The First Amendment trumps occupational licensing laws

October 06, 2015 | By CALEB TROTTER

Last week a federal court in Kentucky held the attempt of the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology to stop a North Carolina psychologist from publishing a newspaper column on parenting, something he has done for nearly forty years, to be unconstitutional. According to the Kentucky bureaucrats, John Rosemond’s column placed the public at ...

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Wisconsin creating a barrier to…regulate?

October 22, 2015 | By CALEB TROTTER

Though we often associate government with excessive regulation, in a surprising twist, the Wisconsin legislature is considering a much needed measure to deregulate. AB 116 would prevent all cities, villages, towns, and counties in Wisconsin from enacting any new occupational fees or licensing requirements. One interesting added feature to the bil ...

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Music therapist cartelization in progress

November 09, 2015 | By CALEB TROTTER

Music therapists have been busy. Prior to 2011, no state required music therapists to obtain an occupational license. Yet, as a result of efforts of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT), in the span of 13 months from 2011-12, North Dakota, Nevada, and Georgia enacted laws requiring ...

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Wisconsin creates barrier to regulate!

November 11, 2015 | By CALEB TROTTER

Three weeks ago I mentioned a bill that was pending in the Wisconsin legislature, AB 116. That bill would prevent all cities, villages, towns, and counties in Wisconsin from enacting any new occupational fees or licensing requirements. What I failed to mention, was that an identical bill was also making its way through the Wisconsin … ...

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Written comments submitted to New Jersey Assembly committee opposing new music therapist license

December 10, 2015 | By CALEB TROTTER

Here at PLF we see a lot of crazy government regulations. New Jersey is home to the latest sighting. Today, the New Jersey Assembly is considering creating an occupational license for music therapists. If you’ll recall, I recently blogged about the efforts of music therapist organizations to push for licensure. After succeeding in getting li ...

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Comments submitted to Florida House of Representatives subcommittee opposing music therapist registration

January 11, 2016 | By CALEB TROTTER

Round two of PLF’s continuing crusade to stop the enactment of new licensing laws for music therapists has begun. As I’ve previously mentioned, music therapist organizations are pushing for various licensing regulations in eight states. Seeking to educate lawmakers on the constitutional ramifications of occupational licensing, last mont ...

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Debates over occupational licensing must remember the Constitution

January 11, 2016 | By CALEB TROTTER

A debate recently appeared in the editorial pages of the Grand Forks Herald in North Dakota. Articles were written in favor of and opposed to occupational licensing in the state. Because neither piece discussed the constitutional ramifications of occupational licensing, or the restrictions on economic liberty inherent with licensing, I authored thi ...

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Nevada needs economic liberty

January 14, 2016 | By CALEB TROTTER

A successful limousine company with a proven safety record shouldn’t have to get permission before expanding its fleet. But in Nevada, the Transportation Authority requires businesses to first seek permission from their competitors before expanding. This type of occupational licensing law, known as a “Competitor’s Veto,” is ...