Nation: Sunset in Colorado

In Colorado, almost everything from banks and insurance companies to barbers and dance schools is licensed by state agencies. The Board of Cosmetology, for one, is so stringent about problems like split ends and sensitive scalps that it requires a hairdresser trainee to undergo 1,650 hours of instruction, including a full 100 hours of supervised shampooing.

That sort of thing not only costs tax dollars to administer but also winds up stifling competition, since plumbers scrutinize plumbers, nursing-home administrators oversee nursing homes, etc. To curtail such cozy practices, the Colorado House of Representatives has recently passed a "sunset" law that would require...

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