Lee, Klobuchar Announce Hearing on Antirust Implications of Occupational Licensing Regulations [UPH Wire]

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

*Lee, Klobuchar Announce Hearing on Antirust Implications of Occupational
Licensing Regulations*

WASHINGTON—Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) today
announced that the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition
Policy, and Consumer Rights will hold a hearing on February 2 entitled,
“License to Compete: Occupational Licensing and the State Action Doctrine.”

The hearing will examine how state licensing boards controlled by active
market participants can adversely affect competition by erecting barriers
to entry and protecting incumbents, and the proper role of antitrust law in
preventing consumer harm in this area after the Supreme Court’s decision in
North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners v. FTC.

“The rapid growth of state licensing boards that are controlled by members
of the profession they regulate has become a major threat to equal
opportunity in this country,” Sen. Lee said. “We need to examine the causes
and consequences of such a major obstacle to economic mobility. I also look
forward to examining what role the federal government can play in
addressing the anticompetitive behavior of these boards.”

“When a state gives a profession the power to regulate itself, that
profession must use its power responsibly: to protect consumers and not
harm competition,” Sen. Klobuchar said. “Many boards, particularly in
specialized and highly technical fields, perform a critical role in
ensuring that members of their profession perform at the highest standards.
At the same time, the use of licensing boards could have the opposite
effect if qualified people are prevented from entering professions. I look
forward to exploring these issues at the hearing next month.”

Witnesses will include:

Dr. Jason Furman, Chairman, Council of Economic Advisors, Office of the
President of the United States

The Honorable Maureen K. Ohlhausen, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission

Mr. Misha Tseytlin, Solicitor General, State of Wisconsin

Professor Morris M. Kleiner, Professor of Public Affairs and AFL-CIO Chair
in Labor Policy, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

Mr. Robert E. Johnson, Elfie Gallun Fellow for Freedom and the
Constitution, Institute for Justice

*Communications Director (Lee)*
Conn Carroll

*Press Secretary (Lee)*
Emily Long

*Press Secretary (Klobuchar)*
Colin Milligan


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