Occupational Licensing: Ranking the States and Exploring Alternatives.


This is kind of lengthy but interesting. we have 104 regulated by the DBPR

Thank you for sharing this, Robert.

This study independently validates almost every argument that has been made against licensing.

There are many special interests (and selfish interests) groups within our own ranks who feel the need for a law that “affects the other guy”, while the public-at-large cares too little to even enter the debate. Still, home inspector associations and splinter groups continue to go to the media and inflate their claims of negligence with isolated instances in order to further their legislative agendas.

Risistance, in recent years, has grown and what was a “sure thing” for those pushing for control has become an expensive and lengthy battle.

This study, added to the one accomplished by the Ohio Real Estate Commission, needs to be published and shared with as many legislators as possible so that the real agenda behind these licensing efforts can be more readily exposed and neutralized.

Hell James I was expecting to see a bio about you after reading it.

Greg, James has been too busy studying for his Arizona Rainmakers license :wink:

BTW what staggers me with this white paper (other than the $ billions spent) is that on average States regulate 92 businesses, but only 33 are common to all jurisdictions :frowning:



It is funny Chuckles starts licensing but we must cut 100’s of millions from the budget.

Here is a news letter the DBPR puts out about once a month.

August 31, 2007
Dear Friend:

This week the Wall Street Journal ran an editorial titled License to Kill Jobs. The author, John Fund, bemoaned the vast amount of state regulation of professionals that is designed not to protect the public but to stifle competition.

He cited a recent study by Reason Foundation analyst Adam Summers that examined state regulation of professionals. The study is entitled Occupational Licensing: Ranking the States and Exploring Alternatives. You can see a copy here: http://www.reason.org/ps361.pdf](http://www.reason.org/ps361.pdf).

In the study, Summers highlights some of the most outrageous licensing laws, including rainmakers, quilted clothing manufacturers and chimney sweeps, and he ranks the states by number of licensed job categories. Florida regulates 104 different categories of professionals—well above the national average of 92.

Summers also points out some of the consequences of overregulation of professionals. According to Summers, “While occupational licensing laws are billed as a means of protecting the public from negligent, unqualified or otherwise substandard practitioners, in reality, they are simply a means of utilizing government regulation to serve narrow economic interests.”

He reports that by restricting competition, licensing can decrease the rate of job growth by 20 percent and cites statistics that suggest that the total cost of licensing regulations ranges from $34.8 to $41.7 billion per year.

Summers’ solution? Total abolition of occupational licensing laws and a shift to private sector alternatives such as voluntary certification.Because he recognizes that policy option may not be feasible, he also proposes regular reviews of licensing standards.

At DBPR, we are working to decrease our regulatory burden on Florida’s professionals. To that end, we are reviewing our rules and forms to make sure they only require what is necessary to protect the public and that they are clear and straightforward. We are initiating rulemaking to reduce fees wherever possible. And we are working on a legislative agenda that proposes limiting regulation that is not in the public’s best interest.

Our mission is to license efficiently, regulate fairly, and in many instances, reducing regulation is the fairest thing to do


Holly Benson
Department of Business and ******
Professional Regulation
1940 North Monroe Street****
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
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