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January 17, 2018

A good day for economic liberty in New Jersey

All too often we've had the displeasure of reporting on courts rubber stamping licensing schemes and legislative reform efforts dying in a haze of predictable interest group lobbying. Nevertheless, there is good news! ...

November 29, 2016

Bill to license music therapists in New Jersey refuses to die

Almost a year ago I wrote about a bill pending in the New Jersey legislature that would’ve created an occupational license for music therapists in the state. Fortunately, that bill didn’t make it through the legislature, and the legislative session ended before the bill could get a full vote. Rather than die with dignity, however, ...

March 24, 2016

Pennsylvanians benefit from more economic liberty

It has been said that “no man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.” In Pennsylvania that couldn’t be more true. Two bills are currently pending in the Pennsylvania Legislature that would erect barriers to entrepreneurs, stifling competition and reducing choices for consumers. ...

March 14, 2016

Florida music therapy bills die by inaction

Future music therapists in Florida–and their clients–can breathe a sigh of relief for one more year. Last Friday, March 11, the 2016 Florida legislative session ended before two bills that would have imposed onerous new regulations on the music therapy profession were brought to a vote. HB 571 died without a second hearing, and SB 204 ...

November 09, 2015

Music therapist cartelization in progress

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 ...