*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE *Tuesday, July 12, 2016
*Sens. Lee, Sasse Introduce Alternatives to Licensing that Lower Obstacles *
*to Work (ALLOW) Act*
WASHINGTON – Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ben Sasse (R-NE) introduced
legislation Tuesday that would make it easier for many Americans to begin
work in their chosen field by reducing unnecessary licensing burdens.
“The principle at the heart of the American economic system is equality of
opportunity. In practice, this means eliminating all forms of legal
privilege and political favoritism, so that the economy rewards hard work,
initiative, good judgment, and personal responsibility,” Lee said.
“Unfortunately too many localities have allowed licensing requirements to
become a barrier that prevent younger and less fortunate workers from
getting better and higher-paying jobs.”
In 1950, fewer than 5 percent of American workers were subject to licensing
requirements. Today, that figure stands at around 30 percent.
The Alternatives to Licensing that Lower Obstacles to Work Act would serve
as a model to states for occupational licensing reform by creating a office
in the District Attorney General’s Office that would actively supervise
occupational licensing boards, including both “sunrise” and “sunset”
reviews of all licensing requirements.
You can read Sen. Lee’s speech at The Heritage Foundation on this issue here
You can read a summary of the bill here
You can read a text of the bill here