Threats to Professional Licensure: State List
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.