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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

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

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

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

Michael Hamilton: Time for North Dakota to End Dental Therapy Prohibition

There was standing room only by 8:40 a.m. in a North Dakota House Human Services Committee hearing that started on January 18 at 9:00 a.m. and ran past noon, more than 90 minutes overschedule, as experts made their cases for and against a bill to allow midlevel providers called dental therapists to practice in the

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John Andrist: Occupational Licensing Kills Jobs And Opportunities

Okay, I admit it. I detest occupational licensing. The concept is sold to legislators on the pretext there is a public interest in establishing legal requirements to work. In reality it is a concept to protect established trades and professional people from free competition. Another reality is that occupational licensing kills jobs and opportunities, particularly

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