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AFP-CO: Excessive Licensing Hurts Job Opportunities

Feb 13, 2019 by AFP

DENVER, Colo. – Americans for Prosperity-Colorado (AFP-CO) responded to the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee’s defeat of a bill that would have removed unnecessary regulations in the licensing process. HB19-1117 would have required licensing agencies to analyze new and existing licensed professions and mandate a license only be necessary if there as a “present, significant, and substantiated harm to consumers.”

AFP-CO State Director Jesse Mallory issued the following statement:

“Excessive and unnecessary occupational licensing only serves to protect industry interests and prevent hard-working individuals from finding employment or starting a business. It’s discouraging legislators couldn’t come together on a bipartisan bill that would allow more Coloradans, especially low-skilled workers, to find employment. Despite this setback, we will continue to engage and educate Coloradans on the benefits of occupational licensing reform.”