A new session of the General Assemby gets underway next week and a Clayton-based free market think tank hopes the Legislature resists any and all attempts to expand occupational licensing requirements in Missouri.
A recent study by the Show-Me Institute finds the licensing of occupations could be costing consumers more for some services. Show-Me Institute policy analyst David Stokes says licensing requirements in Missouri do not reach the levels that exist in many other states, and he thinks it should be kept that way.
The study concludes many of the requirements place restrictions on those entering certain professions. The study finds many of these requirements came about as a result of lawmakers being lobbied by professionals calling for unnecessary rules and regulations in an effort to cut down on the competition.