Threats to Professional Licensure: State List
Governor ordered on 01-2019.
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.
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.
More than a dozen lawmakers, including two senators, held a news conference on February 5th in the Capitol to announce that they’re forming a “Regulatory Reform Joint Subcommittee” to examine the rules and regulations of state licensing boards and look for ways to streamline them, eliminate unnecessary regulations, and review for anti-competitive provisions. The panel, to be co-chaired by Representative Gayann DeMordaunt and Senator Todd Lakey will be a subcommittee of the House Business Committee and the Senate Commerce Committee.
The panel will consist of three majority members and one minority member from each house’s committee and will invite state regulatory boards to appear before it to detail the licensing rules and regulations specific to each industry. The Subcommittee will have 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.
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.
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.