Threats to Professional Licensure: State List

Arizona

“Right to Engage in a Lawful Occupation Act.” Seeks to establish the least restrictive means of regulating an occupation. Often proposes the elimination of licensure requirements for certain professions. Professional engineers aren’t specifically targeted, but are included.
 Potential Threat
Legislative/Executive Order/Regulatory: Legislative
Bill Number: Arizona S.B. 1142
Status:
Died upon adjournment.
Summary:

S.B. 1142 requires amendment of existing occupational licensing regulations, using the “least restrictive” model that assumed market competition is sufficient to protect public health and safety.

“Right to Engage in a Lawful Occupation Act.” Seeks to establish the least restrictive means of regulating an occupation. Often proposes the elimination of licensure requirements for certain professions. Professional engineers aren’t specifically targeted, but are included.
 Potential Threat
Legislative/Executive Order/Regulatory: Legislative
Bill Number: HB 2231
Summary:

HB 2231 Requires amendment of existing occupational licensing regulations, using the “least restrictive” model that assumed market competition is sufficient to protect public health and safety.

Other: Tracking Software
 Potential Threat
Legislative/Executive Order/Regulatory: Legislative
Bill Number: HB 2086
Summary:

This tracking software legislation mandates that all state contractors use software to verify the amount of time they are working on a state contract. The software tracks total keystroke and mouse event frequency, and records a screenshot at least once every three minutes. It presents significant privacy and security concerns.

“Right to Engage in a Lawful Occupation Act.” Seeks to establish the least restrictive means of regulating an occupation. Often proposes the elimination of licensure requirements for certain professions. Professional engineers aren’t specifically targeted, but are included.
 Potential Threat
Legislative/Executive Order/Regulatory: Legislative
Bill Number: SCR 1037; SB 1437
Status:
SCR 1037: Failed upon adjournment on 5/4/2018
SB 1437: Signed by Governor on 4/5/2017
Summary:

SCR 1037 was a proposed amendment to the Arizona Constitution. This resolution stated that a person has a fundamental right to engage in an occupation or profession. “No state law or rule shall be enacted or enforced that prohibits or regulations a person from engaging in any occupation or profession unless the state law or rule is clearly necessary to protect the public health or safety.”

Executive order requiring review and analysis of licensing requirements, resulting in recommendations to remove any unnecessary or overly burdensome licensing requirements. The executive order does not specifically target professional engineers.
 Potential Threat
Legislative/Executive Order/Regulatory: Executive Order
Bill Number: Executive Order 2017-03
Status:
Governor ordered on 3/29/2017
Summary:

Governor Ducey has made reforming occupational licensing a major focus of his administration. On March 29th 2017, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued an Executive Order requiring all state licensing boards to report on their minimum requirements for obtaining an occupational license. Should those requirements exceed national averages, the order requires that boards justify them in “specific reference to potential harm to individual Arizonans.”