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Wednesday, October 30 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Roundtable: Occupational Licensing: Failing Consumers, Costing Jobs, and What States Can Do About It

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State legislators are increasingly noticing the shortcomings of their states’ licensing laws, and reforms have gained momentum in Nebraska, Ohio, and Arizona. Even so, occupational licensing still limits American workers’ job opportunities, as well as innovation and choice for consumers. Licensing covers about 20% of workers—a larger swath of the population than union participants (11%) and minimum-wage recipients (3% of hourly workers). This panel will discuss reform opportunities for states and examine legislative solutions, including sunrise reviews, sunset reviews, recognition-versus-reciprocity agreements, collateral consequences of a criminal record on those aspiring to obtain an occupational license, and other reforms. Attendees will leave this session with an understanding of the true costs of occupational licensing and the solutions that could equip their state to be the next occupational licensing reform leader.

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Daniel Greenberg

Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor
Daniel Greenberg is senior policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Labor. He served two terms as a county legislator and then two terms as a state legislator from 2003-2010 in Arkansas. He was also the president of the Advance Arkansas Institute and senior counsel for the... Read More →
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Laura Ebke

Senior Fellow for Job Licensing, Platte Institute
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Dick Carpenter

Director of Strategic Research, Institute for Justice
Dr. Dick Carpenter is a director of Strategic Research at the Institute for Justice and a professor at the University of Colorado. As an experienced researcher, his work has appeared in academic journals, such as Economic Development Quarterly, The Forum, Education and Urban Society... Read More →
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Lee McGrath

Senior Legislative Counsel, Institute for Justice
Lee McGrath is the Managing Attorney of the Institute for Justice’s Minnesota office and serves as IJ’s Senior Legislative Counsel. Lee became IJ’s legislative counsel in 2011 and has been instrumental in lobbying for greater economic liberty and reforms to forfeiture laws in... Read More →

Wednesday October 30, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm MDT