Momentum for occupational licensing reform continues to grow on the state level and in Washington, D.C. Though there have been many meaningful reforms in states like Mississippi and Arizona, Tennessee is the clear leader in the nationwide push to reform out-of-control licensing laws. Forward-thinking Tennessee state policymakers not only reformed state licensing — they also addressed licensing on the local level.
Tennessee passed The Freedom to Prosper Act during this year’s session. The bill, sponsored by Senator Kerry Roberts in the state Senate and Rep. Kent Calfee in the House, stops local governments from creating any new occupational licenses. Freedom to Prosper passed by an overwhelming margin, with only two Senate members voting against it, showing the popularity of reforms that promote economic opportunity.