IHMM Govt Affairs Monitoring of State Licensing Issues

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 14:34

Our media monitoring has surfaced new coverage/commentary related to public policy activity affecting professional certification. Here are links to several stories we thought might be of interest: News Coverage 

  1. Sen. Dahm: new bill would provide tax credit for occupational licenses—Fox25 article on Oklahoma SB 1109, which would create a tax credit to offset the costs to obtain an occupational license. https://okcfox.com/news/local/bill-filed-to-provide-tax-credit-for-occupational-licenses


  1. Ohio requires licenses for 651 occupations, and some legislators say that’s way too many—Columbus Dispatch article on Ohio legislation that would recognize occupational licenses from other states. This article specifically references Ohio S.B. 255, which the PCC was able to successfully obtain amendments to at the end of 2018: https://www.dispatch.com/news/20191125/ohio-requires-licenses-for-651-occupations-and-some-legislators-say-thatrsquos-way-too-many


  1. Gov. Greg Abbott orders state agencies to reduce licensing regulations, cut fees—El Paso Herald-Post article on Texas Governor Greg Abbot ordering state agencies to review and overhaul their licensing requirements and to report to his office by December 1st on what steps they plan to take: https://elpasoheraldpost.com/gov-greg-abbott-orders-state-agencies-to-reduce-licensing-regulations-cut-fees/


  1. Senate committee votes in favor of occupational licensing reforms—Connect FM article on PA SB 637. The PCC’s suggested changes were added to this bill, which has been passed by the PA Senate: https://www.connectradio.fm/2019/11/06/senate-committee-votes-in-favor-of-occupational-licensing-reforms/


  1. The impact of occupational licensing requirements in D.C.— D.C. Policy Center article providing an overview of the impact of occupational licensing in Washington, DC: https://www.dcpolicycenter.org/publications/occupational-licensing-2019/

  Opinion Pieces 

  1. Rigorous professional licensing protects Iowans (Gazette -letter to the editor by PCC member NSPE)—https://www.thegazette.com/subject/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/rigorous-professional-licensing-protects-iowans-20191113


  1. Iowa Should Look to Nebraska for Occupational Licensing Reform (Sioux City Journal)—https://siouxcityjournal.com/opinion/columnists/tuesday-topic-iowa-should-look-to-nebraska-for-occupational-licensing/article_d1d2e40a-51c8-53bc-9139-089a6b99bd5d.html


  1. The counterproductive cruelties of occupational licensing (Boston Globe)— https://www.bostonglobe.com/2019/11/13/opinion/counterproductive-cruelties-occupational-licensing/


  1. There’s more to Mass. Licensing rules than meets critics’ eyes (Boston Globe)—https://www.bostonglobe.com/2019/11/18/opinion/theres-more-mass-licensing-rules-than-meets-critics-eyes/


  1. Occupational licensing drains workers—and state governments (Orange County Register)—https://www.ocregister.com/2019/11/27/occupational-licensing-drains-workers-and-state-governments/


  1. Jonathan Brostoff: Who’s afraid of occupational licensing? (La Cross Tribune)—https://lacrossetribune.com/jonathan-brostoff-who-s-afraid-of-occupational-licensing/article_8f1fbefb-8869-5a73-8556-be288655c694.html