New Revolution Now Patriot Brigade Message Board › HB 2291 attempts to address over-regulation of Texas professions and occupations
|A former member||
I wanted to draw to everyone's attention HB 2291 by Representative Callegari, "relating to government regulation of an individual's occupation."
This bill bears on the widespread problem of overbearing licensing regulations that affect far too many Texas professionals and entrepreneurs. The bill provides that "[a]n individual may engage in an occupation not prohibited by law without being subject to statutes, administrative rules, or government practices that regulate the occupation and that are unnecessary and substantially burdensome." So, at least on paper the new law would eliminate the burden of "unnecessary" burdensome regulation. The bill is not perfect but is a step in the right direction.
Note that the government may still "substantially burden" an individual's right to engage in an occupation, but only "if the government demonstrates that the burden is necessary to protect against a present and recognizable harm to the public health or safety." It remains to be seen whether, if passed, the bill will protect countless individuals who are prevented from earning an honest living by our Texas-sized over-licensing, which needs to be repealed. The bill has been filed and is still in committee.