Licensing Reform

Occupational licensing in our state has been expanding in recent years, which has resulted in competition being stifled and job growth being slowed. In fact, occupational license barriers have become so burdensome in our nation that even the Obama White House issued a report calling for occupational licensing laws to be reformed. I’m not calling for all occupational licensing laws to be repealed. For instance, I can certainly see the need for orthopedic surgeons to be licensed. Rather, I’m just arguing that such laws have gone way too far. For instance, occupational licensing laws in our state have gone so far that even cosmetologists and makeup artists are forced to have a license before they can legally provide services to people.

I see no need to force people in those professions to obtain licenses, and I believe that licensing requirements for those types of professions should be repealed. I believe that we should take a close look at our state’s licensing requirements and determine which type of occupations truly need to be licensed and which occupations don’t need to be licensed. The state legislature should hold hearings on the issue and examine the issue.