In a small municipality on the shores of Lake Michigan, a town council
passed a law earlier this summer that is especially objectionable in
tough economic times. "It is in the interest of public safety and
welfare to require certain individuals to obtain a license before
conducting solicitations or making sales transactions throughout the
town," the Burns Harbor, Indiana, ordinance
states. Put simply, if you aren't a resident, you'll need an expensive
permit to make or sell anything, whether on the street, door-to-door, or
in a brick-and-mortar business inside town.
What's required for a permit?
hundred dollars, getting fingerprinted by police, and a criminal
background check. "If the applicant has been convicted of any
misdemeanor or felony, the permit application may be rejected," the law
states. And if you're granted a 30 day permit? Once it expires, you're
ineligible to apply again for six whole months.