Louisiana licenses more occupations than any state in the country. From florists to interior designers to hair braiders, too many occupations currently require a government permission slip.
So-called occupational licensing rigs the economy against new businesses and makes services less affordable for everyone. The government fees, training, and exams required to work in certain fields create an unnecessary obstacle for would-be entrepreneurs and small business owners.
Louisiana's unfair licensing laws hold back our most vulnerable populations. Louisianan is one of the only states where individuals can have their licenses revoked for failure to pay student loans. Additionally, "good character" provisions from many of Louisiana's licensing boards can prevent formerly incarcerated individuals from receiving licenses to work- blocking nearly 1/5 of the state's African American population from licensed work.
It’s time to remove unnecessary barriers and allow more Louisianans to make an honest living.
Encourage your legislators to fix Louisiana's unfair licensing laws and let Louisianans work!