Hair Braiders Continue Missouri Licensing Fight
Last month we published a paper on medical licensing and reforms that could make care more available to Missouri patients, but the lessons from that essay—unshackling supply to meet customer demand—are not exclusive to the medical profession. Indeed, licensing laws can act as unnecessary barriers not only to customers seeking medical services, but also to professionals in other fields who are ready and able to offer services to customers who need them.
That unnecessary inteference by government is the basis for a lawsuit filed in 2014 by the Institute for Justice against Missouri's Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners and on behalf of two St. Louis-based hair braiders. As IJ explains on its website,