Threats to Professional Licensure: State List

Idaho

Other: Tracking Software
 Potential Threat
Legislative/Executive Order/Regulatory: Legislative
Bill Number: H.135
Status:
Status – Died upon adjournment
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.

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 2019-02; Executive Order 2019-01
Status:
Governor ordered on 02-2019.
Governor ordered on 01-2019.
Summary:

On Thursday, 31 January, Governor Little signed two executive orders following up on prior efforts to streamline occupational licenses in Idaho.

The first order includes an order that requires the state to periodically review all occupational licenses in regards to eliminating any that are no longer needed.

The second order requires state agencies that may want to enact new administrative rules to identify at least two existing rules to be eliminated or simplified.

The Governor noted that public safety is number one.

There are 442 different occupational licenses in Idaho administered by forty-seven boards and commissions and thirteen executive branches.

Legislation requiring the review and analysis of licensing requirements, resulting in recommendations to remove any unnecessary or overly burdensome licensing requirements. This piece of legislation does not specifically target professional engineers.
 Enacted
Legislative/Executive Order/Regulatory: Legislative
Bill Number: SCR 146
Status:
Reported, delivered to the ID Secretary of State on 3/26/18.
Summary:

This resolution, recommended by the Regulatory Reform Joint Sub-Committee, would authorize the Legislative Council to appoint an interim committee to: (1) study occupational licensing and certification laws and rules in Idaho, and (2) evaluate the necessity of such laws and rules. The purpose of the committee's study would be to ensure that Idaho's occupational licensing and certification laws and rules are in the public interest and are not anti-competitive in intent or effect.

NSPE reached out to the Idaho Society of Professional Engineers about the legislation and will continue to work together to defeat attacks on the PE license.

Legislation requiring the review and analysis of licensing requirements, resulting in recommendations to remove any unnecessary or overly burdensome licensing requirements. This piece of legislation does not specifically target professional engineers.
 Enacted
Legislative/Executive Order/Regulatory: Legislative
Status:
Regulatory Reform Joint Subcommittee Created on 2/5/2018.
Summary:

More than a dozen lawmakers, on February 5, 2018 to announce the formation of a “Regulatory Reform Joint Subcommittee.” The subcommittee would examine state licensing board rules and regulations, and look for ways to streamline or eliminate unnecessary regulations, and review for anti-competitive provisions. The panel, co-chaired by Representative Gayann DeMordaunt and Senator Todd Lakey is a subcommittee of the House Business Committee and the Senate Commerce Committee.

The panel consists of three majority members and one minority member from each house’s committee and invites state regulatory boards to appear before it to detail the licensing rules and regulations specific to each industry. The Subcommittee has all the authority of an Idaho Legislative Committee including: power to subpoena, summon and examine witnesses, and require production and examine books, records, and papers. In this case the subcommittee will likely be ‘morphed’ into an interim committee to continue work through the interim.

In Apri, 2018, the Committee transition from a Special into the Interim Occupational Licensing and Certification Laws Committee and met several times in 2018. NSPE and the Idaho Society of Professional Engineers will continue to track actions by the Subcommittee in order to ensure the P.E license is upheld.

NSPE and the Idaho Society of Professional Engineers will continue to track actions by the Subcommittee in order to ensure the P.E license is upheld.including two senators, held a news conference.

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 NO. 2017-06
Status:
Governor ordered on 5/19/2017.
Summary:

Requires state agencies to submit a report to the Office of the Governor no later than July 1, 2018. The report will assess whether the licensure requirements are necessary and in the public interest while providing recommendations for improvement, modification, or elimination. Under the review process, the report from each Executive agency will include the timeframe in which a license is either granted or denied, prerequisites for a license, renewal requirements, requirements for accepting or denying an application and license renewal, qualifications for suspension, revocation or other disciplinary action, the cost to apply for an application or renewal of a license, and the cost for administering the licensing and renewal process. NSPE alerted the Idaho Society of Professional Engineers to the executive order and is advising on strategies to protect the PE license. Public comments will be accepted by the Bureau of Occupational Licenses until May 1, 2018. The Bureau will then submit a report to the Governors’ office detailing their assessment and recommendations by July 1, 2018. Testimony can be submitted here.