Florida is in the top tier as one of the most restrictive in the nation when it comes to occupational licensing. The state requires Floridians to obtain a license to practice 45 of 102 low – and moderate – income occupations. Inconsistencies abound. For example, while EMTs only need 34 days of training to save people's lives, massage therapists are required to complete 117 days of training (barbers and cosmetologists are required to complete 280 days of training!)

The right to earn a living in the occupation of your choice without unnecessary government interference is at the heart of the American Dream. Since 1991, IJ has come to the aid of individuals who want to do the simple things every American has the right to do – including own property, start and grow a business, speak freely about commerce or politics, and provide their children with a good education – but can’t because they find the government in their way.

The Institute for Justice combines cutting-edge litigation, sophisticated media relations, strategic research, boots-on-the-ground advocacy and much more to fight on behalf of those individuals who are denied their constitutional rights.

The James Madison Institute is proud to stand beside IJ in the pursuit of economic liberty.

Dr. Bob McClure moderated a panel at the Institute for Justice Economic Liberty Forum. The panelists included: Representative Jamie Grant, Senator Jeff Brandes and Ari Bargil.