News and Commentary
The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs now requires certified professional midwives to be licensed starting August 1st. Nurse midwives, who are licensed separately, will only need to be certified.
A 2017 Arizona law that exempts licensing applicants making below 200% of the federal poverty line by allowing them to apply for a waiver has saved nurses in the state over $100,000 in fees.
J Pepper Bryars of the Alabama Policy Institute has an op-ed in the Alabama Political Reporter making the case not necessarily for wholesale repeal of the state’s licensing laws, but rather for a “regular pruning” through regular legislative scrutiny.
Arkansas Money and Politics has a review of the 41 bills that were signed into law related to occupational licensing, certification, and registration.
Blast from the past: Writing for Reason‘s Volokh Conspiracy, Orin S. Kerr, a law professor who passed the New Jersey Bar exam 20 years ago, writes about his experience taking the California Bar in 2017 (California doesn’t have exam reciprocity.) His thoughts? In addition to the fact that California should allow reciprocity, he found the exam to be poorly run (6.5 hours of test-taking over the course of 11), and covered far too many topic areas. There’s no clear reason why a civil liberties lawyer (and a law professor!) should know the ins and outs of, say, California trust law.
A new paper from The Center for Growth and Opportunity finds that the traditional harms associated with occupational licensing are even more burdensome for immigrants. Many licensing exams are only in English, and the non-portability of most licenses makes it difficult for immigrants to move within the U.S. They find that immigrants are 34% less likely to get an occupational licensing relative to their native-born peers.