Comments on: Hurricane Sandy recovery and occupational licensing http://overlawyered.com/2012/11/hurricane-sandy-recovery-occupational-licensing/ Chronicling the high cost of our legal system Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:00:20 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 By: Speaking Truth To Power (Companies.) | Raised On Hoecakes http://overlawyered.com/2012/11/hurricane-sandy-recovery-occupational-licensing/comment-page-1/#comment-184342 Wed, 14 Nov 2012 10:55:19 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=34134#comment-184342 [...] our head at the idiocy and shortsightedness of LIPA. Tip o’ the sombrero to Walter Olson at Overlawyered.com and his post at the CATO [...]

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By: Mannie http://overlawyered.com/2012/11/hurricane-sandy-recovery-occupational-licensing/comment-page-1/#comment-184327 Tue, 13 Nov 2012 22:24:07 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=34134#comment-184327 The New York City council could pass an emergency exemption if five minutes, if they wanted to. Those people voted for the people keeping the field bottled up. May they enjoy freezing in the dark.

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By: Bill Poser http://overlawyered.com/2012/11/hurricane-sandy-recovery-occupational-licensing/comment-page-1/#comment-184326 Tue, 13 Nov 2012 21:39:38 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=34134#comment-184326 It isn’t clear to me that the problem here is occupational licensing per se so much as licensing in an overly small jurisdiction, such as New York City rather than New York State, and a failure to accept licenses from other jurisdictions, even in emergency situations. I grant that occupational licenses are often required unnecessarily, but the occupations at issue do not seem to be among them.

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By: gitarcarver http://overlawyered.com/2012/11/hurricane-sandy-recovery-occupational-licensing/comment-page-1/#comment-184323 Tue, 13 Nov 2012 19:48:24 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=34134#comment-184323 Mr. Olson,

You note in your CATO piece:

Three states that suffered extensive tree downage from Sandy — Maryland, Connecticut and Rhode Island — forbid unlicensed tree trimming, although many a property owner would probably have appreciated the legal right to hire someone from a neighboring state to clear a blocked driveway.

I would also put forth the regulations put a damper on people keeping their trees trimmed prior to the storm. Maryland saw a great deal of outrage from people after the June derecho where trees that were not trimmed interfered and toppled power lines. Many people blamed BG&E for the lack of trimming, but one has to wonder how many people would have trimmed trees if the licensing did not exist which would have resulted in more tree trimmers at a lower cost to the consumer.

Instead, people were left with artificially high costs of tree trimming which they ignored until the untrimmed tree came toppling down on the power lines.

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