What profession would want to be licensed? Ask the naturopaths
Peter Blake / The Complete Colorado
Leave that new low-flow toilet in the box and get out of the house, handyman. They don’t want you doing a licensed plumber’s work anymore.
While the headlines focus on gun bills and pot regulations, the legislature is quietly going about a major annual chore: Helping various trades and professions keep their prices up by restricting entry.
Every year the legislature reviews the sunset laws for a dozen or so boards among the more than 50 in the Department of Regulatory Agencies. It also entertains the pleas of unregulated trades eager to get regulated.
It’s not what the late Rep. Jerry Kopel, D-Denver, had in mind when he set up the sunset review process back in 1976. It is supposed to require every board in the Department of Regulatory Agencies justify its existence every few years by showing how consumers would be hurt if it went out of business.
The idea was to reduce regulation, since Kopel observed that it was always businesses, and not consumers, that sought regulation. …read full column
Veteran Colorado political columnist Peter Blake writes weekly on state and local issues for The Complete Colorado.
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