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EPA Putting Red Light on Amateur Car Racing: New at Reason

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has moved to regulate emissions on non-road racing vehicles, used in amateur car racing. Kenric Ward reports:

EPA officials said they are “clarifying” emissions law, yet the Clean Air Act has long exempted non-road vehicles used in competition. The agency has not made a similar move against NASCAR or other professional race circuits.

“The EPA cannot assume powers that Congress hasn’t given,” Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.), chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, said at an Oversight Subcommittee hearing Tuesday. Smith accused the agency of “unlawful regulation (conducted) without proper notice.”

Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), introduced a bipartisan bill, HR 4715, to block the EPA’s action. Texas Democrat Henry Cuellar is among the co-sponsors.

“The federal government has no place testing emissions at private tracks,” McHenry told the subcommittee.

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No Street History in Charleston Without a License: New at Reason

Charleston, South Carolina, is one of the nation’s oldest major cities, with a history that stretches back more than 100 years before the Revolutionary War. As with any old city, there are lots of stories that can be told about it. Yet as Eric Boehm reports, anyone who wants to talk about Charleston’s history while standing before paying customers on the street must first obtain a license from the city. Getting that license means passing a 200-question written exam—a passing grade is 80 percent or higher—and then passing an oral exam conducted by taxpayer-funded city officials. It’s the latest example of how occupational licensing abuse violates the First Amendment.

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