News and Commentary
1. Oklahoma commission examines state’s occupational licensing laws. The debate followed the usual back-and-forth found in licensing debates, with proponents justifying the regulations on public safety grounds, while officials expressed skepticism. Senator Adam Pugh, an Air Force Veteran, added some well-needed nuance to the debate. “When we put 300 people on a Boeing 747, I want regulation,” said Pugh. But he also added that these regulations shouldn’t be so burdensome they prevent entry into a field.
2. The “uneasy” case against occupational licensing, parts I and II. We’ll have our own reply to these posts, but for a teaser, check out Niskanen Senior Fellow David Schleicher’s Twitter thread on the post.
I know one shouldn’t get worked up when people are Wrong On The Internet. But…this post @lpeblog about the case against the case against occupational licensing by @FrankPasquale and @sandeepvaheesan
is so frustrating I’m going to vent a bit. https://t.co/0F8ldbvvDB (1/..)
— David Schleicher (@ProfSchleich) December 5, 2018