License to Work: Is occupational licensing justifiable government regulation to protect consumers or is government picking winners and losers in the marketplace?

The Iowa Lawyers Chapter
Start : Monday, June 17, 2013 05:00 PM
End : Monday, June 17, 2013 06:00 PM

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Iowa Association of Business and Industry
400 East Court Avenue, Suite 100
(plentiful off-street parking is available in the lot off Court Avenue)
Des Moines, IA 50309

Featured Speakers:
Lee McGrath



  • Mark Bowden, Executive Director at Iowa Board of Medicine
  • Melanie Johnson, Executive Director at Iowa Dental Board
  • Lee McGrath, Institute for Justice Minnesota Chapter

Occupational licensing, a government regulation that requires aspiring workers to meet personal qualifications related to completion of approved educational programs, satisfactory performance on examinations, work experience, criminal history, moral standing and completion of continuing education, is one of the most significant issues in labor economics today. Nearly 30% of all workers need a governmental license to work—far greater than the 11% of workers who are unionized or the 3% of hourly-paid workers who earn the minimum wage. Governor Branstad’s veto of legislation to require four new occupational licenses in April, as well as articles in the Des Moines Register in May, including an op-ed by former State Representative Hanson, show occupational licensing is not only a large economic and legal issue, but also a timely one for Iowa. Supporters of occupational licensing argue that it is a necessary regulation to protect consumers from incompetence and fraud. Opponents argue that occupational licensing restricts competition, raises consumer prices and stymies job creation. The debate is sure to be lively one.

Registration details:

A reception will follow the panel discussion.

This event has been approved for one hour of Iowa CLE Credit (Activity #112683).

The event is free and open to the public but space is limited, so please RSVP by Friday, June 14, 2013 by e-mailing