Josh T. Smith, Research Manager at the Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University, testified before the Colorado House Business Affairs and Labor Committee on February 13, 2019.
The committee convened to discuss HB 1117, a bill that would make policy changes to Colorado’s occupational licensing laws.
Smith’s remarks and accompanying testimony (see pdf) outline the current academic research surrounding occupational licensing across states, along with his overall findings that licensing does little to protect consumers, limits opportunities, and raises costs.
CGO scholars and fellows are occasionally invited to provide testimony to public hearings and legislative meetings. They also occasionally conduct independent analyses addressing government policies and proposals which are submitted to agencies as public interest comments. These testimonies and comments are designed to assist policymakers as they study and explore issues. The views expressed in testimonies and comments are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University or the views of Utah State University.