This case is important because it indicates the Court’s willingness to analyze the realities of the occupational licensing situation. It is not infrequent that a licensing board is composed of practitioners from the occupation it is supposed to be regulating. In this situation it would seem that a form of self-regulation could exist, particularly in view of the fact that licensing boards have complete control of occupational entry by control over the licensing test. A recent analysis of a licensing test in Florida in which all 2,149 people who took the test failed suggests that such self-regulation is indeed a reality. Nevertheless, Gibson did not speak of broad policy changes in occupational licensing, and the decision will probably have a limited application.
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