MO drops licensing law appealed to high court

Friday, October 19, 2018
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

Sorry, we're closedMissouri has repealed a regulation requiring a government license to braid hair, mooting a U.S. Supreme Court challenge to the requirement. 

Asking that the occupational licensing law be struck down, Rutherford Institute attorneys filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in Niang v. Tomblinson, arguing that a license to perform work that poses no health or safety risk is depriving citizens of their constitutional right to earn a living.

Rutherford attorney John Whitehead told OneNewsNow earlier this year that the law firm is representing two St. Louis women who braid hair in a unique style that includes intricate work.

Whitehead, John (Rutherford Institute)"But they don't use any chemicals, or heat, or any other process," Whitehead advised, "that would be dangerous to persons."

In order to get the license, the women were told they had to do at least 1,500 hours of classwork costing up to $12,000. Then they had to pass a test.

"This is something they already know how to do," said Whitehead. "Irrational occupational licensing requirements, in my opinion, are ways the government just overtaxes you again. It's a form of a tax."

As a result of Missouri's repeal of the law, the Supreme Court declared the case moot and ordered that the lawsuit challenging the law be dismissed.

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