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September 18 in Savannah: ‘License to Work’

September 18, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 1:15 pm

Join the Georgia Public Policy Foundation with the Georgians First Commission at “License to Work,” a noon Policy Briefing Luncheon with the Georgians First Task Force on Occupational Licensing / Permitting Reform at The Savannah Golf Club on Wednesday, September 18, 2019.

The Task Force will present its findings on occupational licensing challenges and recommendations for reform in Georgia. The Georgians First Commission, created by Gov. Brian Kemp and headed by Scott Hilton, is working to help secure Georgia’s designation as the best state in the nation for small businesses. Ten initial task force committees focus on specific issues important to small business and will deliver “impactful recommendations” back to the full Commission and Governor.

This event is open to the public. Registration is required. The cost is $35 and includes luncheon; parking is free. The deadline to register is Monday, September 16. Register here at Eventbrite or send your check for $35 per attendee (memo: “Georgians First”) to Georgia Public Policy Foundation, 3200 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Suite 214, Atlanta, GA 30339.

Why Savannah?

Because Georgia’s oldest city is the site of one of the state’s newest occupational-licensing victories: In May 2019, a federal judge in Savannah ruled it unconstitutional for the city to require tour guides to obtain a special license. The Institute for Justice had filed suit back in 2014, arguing that the city’s licensing law violated the basic right of tour guides to talk for a living. Tour guides who wanted this storytelling license had to pass a 100-question multiple choice exam on Savannah history – even if they had no interest in discussing history on their tours.

(In 2015, in an effort to end the lawsuit, the city repealed the licensing requirement, but the plaintiffs had pressed forward in search of a constitutional ruling.)

Questions? Email or call Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050. Media who wish to attend must contact Benita.

What: “License to Work,” a Policy Briefing Luncheon
Who: Georgians First Occupational Reform Task Force
When: Noon, Wednesday, September 18, 2019 (Registration, networking begin at 11:30 a.m.)
Where: The Savannah Golf Club, 1661 E President St, Savannah, GA 31414
Attire: Business, business casual

About the Georgia Public Policy Foundation: Established in 1991, the Foundation is an independent, state-focused think tank that proposes market-oriented approaches to public policy to improve the lives of Georgians. Regular events include Leadership Breakfasts and Policy Briefing Luncheons. Like the Foundation’s Facebook page at facebook.com/GeorgiaPolicy and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/gppf. The Foundation has been ranked in the Global Go-To Think Tank Index as one of the “Best Independent Think Tanks.”


September 18, 2019
11:30 am - 1:15 pm