Do Pet Sitters Really Need A License? How Occupational Licenses Are Hurting The Economy

 Ben Schiller in Fast Company on August 14, 2017

In New York City, you need a license to pet-sit someone’s dog (at least if you want to be paid). In Louisiana, you need a license to become a florist. Nine states require funeral attendants to be licensed before starting work…

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Unnecessary Regulations Strangle Maine’s Economy

 Jacob Posik in The Maine Wire on March 14, 2016

Maine’s harsh regulatory climate continues to hinder our state’s economic growth, especially for an Amish man in the small town of Unity…

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[Event] Time to Reform the Jones Act?

Start: Friday, February 23, 2018, 12:00 PM ET
End: Friday, February 23, 2018, 1:00 PM ET

The Heritage Foundation
Lehrman Auditorium
214 Massachusetts Ave, NE
Washington, DC 20002

Section 27 of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, colloquially known as the Jones Act, requires that shipments between two U.S. ports be on U.S.-built, U.S.-manned, and U.S.-owned vessels. Because of the Jones Act, it is often more expensive to ship supplies between U.S. ports than it is to ship supplies abroad. The Act was adopted in 1920 to support naval preparedness by boosting the U.S. shipbuilding industry…

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Delegate Freitas shares how occupational licensing led his 10 year-old daughter into criminal activity…

Nick Freitas on February 5, 2018

Delegate Freitas shares how occupational licensing led his 10 year-old daughter into criminal activity…

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Why Are Kinder Surprise Eggs Illegal in the US?

 The Independent on February 21, 2015

I actually used Kinder Surprise eggs as a case study in a masters paper. To answer the legal question, the 1938 Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act is the law most cited to justify the embargo on Kinder Eggs. Because a toy is kept inside a confection, Kinder eggs are embargoed from point of entry into the US…

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California Considers $1,000 Fine for Waiters Offering Unsolicited Plastic Straws

 Christian Britschgi in Reason on January 25, 2018

Ian Calderon wants restaurateurs to think long and hard before giving you a straw.

Calderon, the Democratic majority leader in California’s lower house, has introduced a bill to stop sit-down restaurants from offering customers straws with their beverages unless they specifically request one. Under Calderon’s law, a waiter who serves a drink with an unrequested straw in it would face up to 6 months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000…

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[Event] 14th Annual Symposium of the Journal of Law, Economics & Policy: Regulatory Reform, Transparency, and the American Economy

Start: Friday, February 2, 2018, 8:00 AM ET
End: Friday, February 2, 2018, 6:30 PM ET

George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School
3351 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, Virginia 22201
Founders Hall Auditorium

Government regulation is intended to improve the efficiency of markets and protect people from harms they cannot identify or prevent on their own. But, for decades, advocates have debated whether the regulatory process and rules developed through it are too strict or too lax; whether they properly account for all the things society values; and even whether they make society better or worse off on balance. The Journal of Law, Economics & Policy’s Symposium on Regulatory Reform, Transparency, and the Economy will explore these and related questions as leading scholars and practitioners examine a number of recent regulatory proposals impacting a broad swath of the American economy – from banking and finance to energy and the environment, and from employment law to the internet economy. Speakers will consider and debate how well these proposals would perform their intended functions and how they might be improved…

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States are using absurd licensing requirements to license people right out of work – it has to stop

 Anastasia Boden in Fox News on January 29, 2018

In Maryland, if you’re behind in paying your state taxes you face a perverse situation.  You need money to clear yourself of the debt, but anyone with unpaid taxes is automatically prohibited from obtaining or renewing an occupational license.  That makes it difficult to find a job, because you can’t work as a barber, manicurist, masseuse, chauffeur, taxidermist, physical trainer, upholsterer, unarmed security guard, or in many other professions without a government issued license…

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Brant’s Meat Market owners say government regulations forced them out of business

 Jean Kozubowski in Salina Journal on January 18, 2018

Because of a federal regulation now being enforced, Friday was the last day Brant’s Meat Market in Lucas was open…

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Drone Rescues Help Show It’s Time to Let Revolutionary Aircraft Soar

Jason Snead in The Daily Signal on January 22, 2018

In what may be a world first, Australian lifeguards last week used a drone aircraft to rescue two young swimmers trapped in dangerous swells half a mile offshore. The rescue came as lifeguards were testing the new drone…

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