Congratulations to Missouri's electricians who, thanks to legislation that passed the House yesterday, will soon have greater flexibility in where they can work around the state. As we've written before, Missouri's patchwork of local electrician licensure laws has acted as a barrier to employment for electricians—and as a barrier to service for consumers—preventing qualified tradesmen and women from easily plying their trade around the state. The bill now goes on to the Governor, who is expected to sign it into law.
As McGraw Milhaven, tongue in cheek, asked our own Brenda Talent earlier this week, "Is electricity different in South County [Saint Louis] than it is in North County?" Of course not, and it's good to see the Legislature take action to pursue a state licensing policy that reflects that truth.