Contributor, The Volokh Conspiracy

(Here is the latest edition of the Institute for Justice’s weekly Short Circuit newsletter, written by John Ross.)

In July, Tennessee regulators threatened to shut down an app that connects licensed beauty professionals directly to customers — bypassing salons — after a salon owner complained about the “highly disturbing” competition. But this month, the regulators backed down. Click here to read more.

This week on the podcast: Mandatory transvaginal ultrasounds, Syrian refugees, and a pair of taxi cases.

This year, South Carolina legislators banned online eye exams — not to advance any public purpose, but, according to Gov. Nikki Haley, who vetoed the law, “to stifle competition for the benefit of a single industry.” The legislature overrode the veto, however, and now residents have no choice but to make annual visits to storefront optometrists. (Prescriptions for corrective lenses expire after just one year in South Carolina — far sooner than medically necessary.) This week, IJ teamed up with a newly illegal online startup to challenge the law under South Carolina’s Constitution, which prohibits arbitrary rules unmoored from a true threat to public health or safety. Read more about the case here.