Florida needs to take a hard look at its licensing requirements. In many instances licensing requirements can be replaced with consumers exercising choice among competing providers, which serves consumers well in so many other states. Allowing and encouraging voluntary certification by professional groups and independent ratings by business and consumer groups also can be valuable and quickly remove bad actors from the market. And requiring insurance for some occupations to cover claims by consumers if they are harmed may also provide protections in some instances.
Samuel R. Staley, Ph.D. is a senior research fellow at Reason Foundation and managing director of the DeVoe L. Moore Center at Florida State University in Tallahassee where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in urban planning, regulation, and urban economics. Prior to joining Florida State, Staley was director of urban growth and land-use policy for Reason Foundation where he helped establish its urban policy program in 1997.