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Minot Bodyworks Spa in Town & Country Center is open for business Wednesday, July 3. Jill Schramm / Minot Daily News

We Don’t Need More Licensing Requirements for Massage Therapists, We Need Them for Prostitutes

We Don’t Need More Licensing Requirements for Massage Therapists, We Need Them for Prostitutes

The recent bust of a Minot spa which was also offering sexual services has prompted a Minot Daily News article about sex workers who operate under the guise of lawful business. “Prostitution arrest highlights licensing need in massage therapy,” reads the headline, but that’s a mistaken premise. Massage therapists are already required to be licensed under

The North Dakota state Capitol tower in Bismarck Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune

Guest Post: North Dakota Has a Looming Problem With Unaccountable Occupational Licensing Boards

This guest post was submitted by Rod St. Aubyn, who served in the North Dakota House of Representatives from 1991 to 1994, and the state Senate from 1995 to 2000. He has also worked as a lobbyist. The Legislature is ignoring a potential problem. For many years now, the Legislature has delegated authority to unelected

David Samson/Fargo Forum

Plain Talk: Does a Hair Braider Really Need 1,800 Hours of Training?

On this episode of Plain Talk I speak with an entrepreneur named Peace Suglo who tried to open a hair braiding business in Fargo. Unfortunately, to do so North Dakota law requires a person in that line of business to attend 1,800 hours of cosmetology training. Ironically, Sugly says, North Dakota’s cosmetology curriculum does no

Nathan and Abby Bauer of Fargo stand at attention Sunday during send-off ceremonies for members of the North Dakota National Guard 188th Engineer Company at the North Dakota State College of Science's Blikre Activities Center in Wahpeton. David Samson / The Forum

Occupational Licensing Reciprocity Is Good for Military Spouses, but Why Not for Everyone?

“North Dakota, meanwhile, has more than 13,000 unfilled jobs, many of which require licensing,” the Grand Forks Herald wrote in an editorial over the weekend. “Often, trailing military spouses are qualified to fill those openings, but because of the existing licensing process they are not able to immediately work. Since many military spouses are in the

North Dakota Dentists Push Protectionism In Opposing Advanced Hygienist Position

Occupational licensing is supposed to protect consumers from unqualified or perhaps even dangerous people providing certain services. The state creates boards and commissions which establish licensing standards that professionals like dentists and lawyers and nurses must meet in order to practice. In theory this all seems well and good, but very often occupational licensing is