PLF’s Timothy Sandefur to testify to U.S. Senate about economic liberty and the rights of minorities

The Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights, and Federal Courts is holding a hearing Tuesday called “Opportunity Denied: How Overregulation Harms Minorities.” I’ll be testifying about how occupational licensing laws and Competitor’s Veto laws exclude would-be … Continue reading

PLF’s Timothy Sandefur speaks at Cato’s Constitution Day symposium

I’ll be speaking tomorrow at the Cato Institute’s annual Constitution Day symposium about the North Carolina Dental Examiners antitrust case (which I blogged about here). If you can’t attend in person (and there’s still space available) you can watch the … Continue reading

WSJ applauds White House report on occupational licensing, sorta

The Wall Street Journal‘s editorial page applauds the White House’s recent report on the problems with occupational licensing, though it does so grudgingly: “Liberals are slowly discovering that the regulatory state they helped create undermines job creation and income growth, … Continue reading

Second Circuit upholds protectionist teeth-whitening policy in Sensational Smiles v. Mullen

In a recent disappointing opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld the Connecticut Dental Commission’s policy of restricting the use of LED teeth-whitening lights to licensed dentists – despite the fact that dentists are not trained … Continue reading

Look how many people have to get government permission just to have a job

Last week’s White House report on occupational licensing laws details some offers some disturbing information about how these laws restrict economic opportunity for entrepreneurs, and raise the cost of living for consumers. Some highlights: More than a quarter, and possibly … Continue reading

White House licensing report: one bad recommendation

The new report from the White House about the problems with occupational licensing laws is a great step forward, given how little attention is paid to the fundamental human right of every person to earn a living without unreasonable government … Continue reading

White House licensing report: what can the feds do to protect the right to earn a living?

Last week, the Obama Administration released a report on the effects of occupational licensing, and calling for reforms that would better protect the rights of entrepreneurs and workers to earn a living without unreasonable government interference. This is a gratifying … Continue reading