Because you just can’t trust those unlicensed photocopiers

Leave it to National Review‘s James Lileks to find and document in his “Athwart” column another example of monumental government overregulation in California.

[N]othing really compares to this:

The county clerk shall maintain a register of professional photocopiers, assign a number to each professional photocopier, and issue an identification card to each one. Additional cards for employees of professional photocopiers shall be issued upon the payment of ten dollars ($10) for each card.

(b) The identification card shall be a card not less than  3 1/4 inches by 2 inches, and shall contain at the top the title “Professional Photocopier” followed by the registrant’s name, address, registration number, date of expiration, and county of registration. It shall also contain a photograph of the registrant in the lower left corner.

This will quiet the lamentations of those victimized by rogue photocopiers. But some in the state house might have said, Hey, we have photocopier people in governments and schools. We can’t expect then to pay $10. And so: “If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.”

No doubt there are hundreds of lawyers who specialize in Part 7 of Division 4 of Title 2, to say nothing of the educators who teach its arcane and subtle ways.

And they say government stifles job creation.

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...

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