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Is the Internet making occupational regulation obsolete?

An online portal like Angie's List could take the place of professional licensing, at least in certain fields, if a novel concept in Washington State gains traction.

Prompted by the expanding roles being played by the Internet, the state House Business and Financial  Services Committee held hearings  during the lengthy 2017 legislative session on a proposal to eliminate occupational regulation in certain fields and replace it with online Uber- or Yelp-style ratings of people offering now-regulated services.

The brainchild of a free-market think tank, the Washington Policy Center, the proposal found its way into a bill . . .

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