Stuck on the sidelines

Occupational licensing regulations can undermine public health in the name of protecting it

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VIDEO: Occupational licensing regulations undermine public health in the name of protecting it

For more than a year, bureaucratic delays and hurdles imposed by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) deprived Meggan Thompson of a job and an income, and deprived Wisconsinites with debilitating mental health issues of the help she could have long ago provided.

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Report: Absence and Violation

Wisconsin licensing boards are routinely in violation of law requiring public representation.

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