Article on landscape contractor licensing to be published

I’m happy to announce that last week I accepted an offer by the South Texas Law Review to publish my article: “Constitutional Landscaping: An Analysis of Occupational Regulations of Landscape Contractors in the United States.”

The article conducts the first (to my knowledge) 50-state survey of occupational regulations of landscape contractors. Some states require landscapers to obtain an occupational license, some require them to register with the government, and some regulate who may call themselves a landscaper. After surveying the regulatory field, the article then analyzes the different types of regulations to determine which, if any, are susceptible to constitutional challenge under the First and Fourteenth Amendments. Finally, the article discusses various legislative fixes and reforms.

The article will be in the 58th volume of the journal and should be published this spring. In the meantime, a working draft is available here.