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Court bars funeral director licensed in Vermont from working in N.C.

A Vermont man’s attempts to work as a funeral director in North Carolina were thwarted when the N.C. Court of Appeals upheld a decision rejecting his request for a reciprocal license. Craig Franklin Smith is licensed as a funeral director in Vermont, but the N.C. Board of Funeral Service decided this wasn’t enough to grant...

Lindsay Marchello
Opinion

The WSJ finds a model for licensing reform that should look familiar

On April 3 The Wall Street Journal‘s editorial board praised a Nebraska bill to reform its occupational licensing system. This bill, the editors noted, would bring about “wholesale reform.” The editors found several aspects of the bill praiseworthy. So do I. They include several ideas we at the John Locke Foundation have been promoting to...

Jon Sanders
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State licensing board relents, lets makeup schools operate without a license

Stand-alone makeup schools can operate in North Carolina without a government-issued license, the N.C. Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners now says. The decision, resulting from court-ordered mediation, ends a federal lawsuit filed by Jasna Bukvic-Bhayani of Charlotte. As Carolina Journal reported last year, Bukvic-Bhayani wanted to open a makeup artistry school, but the state cosmetic...

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Lawmakers: Acupuncture board’s actions could be illegal restraint of trade

A pair of North Carolina occupational licensing boards warring over who may lawfully use acupuncture needles for treatment and therapy could thrust the state into another constitutional embarrassment, state Sen. Andy Wells said Tuesday. The N.C. Acupuncture Licensing Board and the N.C. Board of Physical Therapy Examiners have taken turns suing each other in a...

Dan Way
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Occupational licensing inhibits interstate migration, new study shows

Occupational licensing rules may be keeping people from moving across state lines and toward job opportunities, a new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research suggests. University of Minnesota professors Janna E. Johnson and Morris M. Kleiner published a study linking state-specific licensing to reduced migration rates of people with jobs requiring licensing. The...

Lindsay Marchello
Opinion

Occupational licensing Grinch ready to steal opportunities

It’s the holidays. Time for good cheer, glad tidings and songs of the season. Good will to all, peace and joy. But in North Carolina, a Grinch hides around every corner. He steals opportunity and won’t let people work. The Grinch is occupational licensing. He’s a mean one. Traveling over the river and through the...

Becki Gray
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Q&A: Charlotte-based makeup artist challenges N.C. licensing law 

Jasna Bukvic-Bhayani wanted to open a makeup artistry school, but the N.C. Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners wouldn’t allow it unless she agreed to teach esthetics and bought thousands of dollars of unrelated equipment. Now, along with the Institute for Justice, Bukvic-Bhayani is suing the board. Carolina Journal Associate Editor Lindsay Marchello sat down with Bukvic-Bhayani to talk about...

Lindsay Marchello