News and Commentary
In a press release, the office of Utah Governor Spencer Cox announces the Governor’s proposal to implement a “Systemic Licensure Review Process.” The Governor argues that “frequent checkups will give us the opportunity to remove outdated and harmful regulations so Utahns can participate in the economy safely and efficiently.”
In the Concord Monitor, staff cover a recent New Hampshire law which “allows EMTs, paramedics, and those with experience in the Army or Air Force to forgo the training course typically expected of nursing assistants and apply directly for a license.” They also discuss whether the law could help “fill empty shifts in hospitals and nursing homes across the state.”
In a piece in the Daily Journal of Kankakee, Illinois, Staff cover a number of new laws signed by Governor Pritzker. Notable pieces of legislation include HB 14, which “requires the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to issue an explanation to licensing, certificate or grant registration applicants that are denied due to a criminal conviction,” and SB 567, which “allows a licensed optometrist to practice via telehealth.”
In a piece in Market Screener, staff cover a new Ohio law to enact the Nurse Licensure Compact in the state. This law will allow “registered nurses and licensed practical/vocational nurses to have one multistate license, with the ability to practice in person or via telehealth, in both the primary state of residence and other NLC jurisdictions.”
In a post on Tech Dirt, Cathy Gellis discusses issues that have plagued the implementation of the bar exam during the pandemic and how they have made it clearer to her that the bar exam should be removed.
In an article in Pro Market, the publication of the Stigler Center at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Cary Coglianese analyzes George Stigler’s Theory of Economic regulation article 50 years after its release.
In a piece in Bloomberg Law, Erin Mulvaney discusses a severe case showcasing the costs associated with acquiring an occupational license for a job with a relatively low salary. She then discusses recent actions taken by states as well as the new executive order from the Biden Administration intended to ease the barriers to entry associated with occupational licensing.
In a piece in the Montana Free Press, Alex Sakariassen discusses how licensing obstacles are leaving rural Montana schools understaffed.
In a report for the Institute for Justice, Mindy Menjou, Michael Bednarczuk, and Amy Hunter examine cosmetology licensing in the United States. Their primary findings suggest that “State-mandated cosmetology school is expensive and time-consuming, cosmetology programs do a poor job of graduating students on time—or even at all, and cosmetology school rarely pays off in terms of earnings.”
In a research paper at the Mercatus Center, Robert Graboyes and Murray Feldstein argue that healthcare licensure should be “depoliticized.” They claim that the current politicization is the result of “years of the American Medical Association lobbying on behalf of MDs” and “put the interests of politicians or professionals ahead of the interests of patients” while also preventing “the healthcare workforce from adapting to the evolving needs and rapid technological advances of the 21st century.” To solve this problem, the authors suggest replacing state-licensing institutions with “state-accredited, private, competitive, professional boards to determine their certified providers’ scopes of practice.”
In an article for the Niskanen Center, Robert Orr discusses how restrictions on the supply of doctors are harming the US medical system and how removing them could create massive benefits.