A Positive Step Toward Occupational Licensing Reform: The ALLOW Act

Legal Memorandum, No. 212 (July 2017)

12 Pages Posted: 27 Jul 2017

Date Written: July 21, 2017


By eliminating or reducing the suffocating restrictions that licensing often imposes, the ALLOW Act would promote competition, encourage innovation, protect consumers, and promote compliance with federal antitrust law. Title I would enable the spouse of a service member to travel from one state to another and use on any military base whatever license he or she received elsewhere. Title II would revise the District of Columbia licensing laws to eliminate unnecessary licensing requirements. And Title III would allow federal park tour guides to operate free from any state licensing law. Each title would take a small but valuable step toward granting parties greater freedom to pursue a chosen line of work.

Keywords: licensing, occupational licensing

Suggested Citation

Larkin, Jr., Paul James, A Positive Step Toward Occupational Licensing Reform: The ALLOW Act (July 21, 2017). Legal Memorandum, No. 212 (July 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3008591

Paul James Larkin, Jr. (Contact Author)

The Heritage Foundation ( email )

214 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002-4999
United States
202-608-6190 (Phone)

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