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

After the U.S. Supreme Court’s Kelo decision, Georgia lawmakers strengthened protections for property owners facing eminent domain. Are the reforms the law of the land or are they, as local officials recently argued to the Georgia Supreme Court, merely “suggested guidelines”? IJ legislative analyst Nick Sibilla has the story.

Last week, IJ’s strategic research team released the second edition of License to Work, which gathers and ranks state-imposed barriers to entry in 102 low- and middle-income occupations across the U.S. The takeaway? States are making it too hard for people to earn an honest living. Many occupations that are licensed in some states are unlicensed in others, and being practiced without apparent widespread harm. And many entry restrictions are far out of sync with what public health and safety might require. For instance, on average it takes more than a year’s worth of training to obtain a cosmetology license; emergency medical technicians need only about a month. Click here to read the report.