Threats to Professional Licensure: State List

Illinois

Other: Tracking Software
 Active Threat
Legislative/Executive Order/Regulatory: Legislative
Bill Number: HB 2127; HB 1326
Status:
HB 2127 – Amended, referred from House Executive Committee to House Rules Committee
SB 1326 – Referred to Assignments Committee
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: HB 3319
Status:
Referred to Rules Committee on 3/31/2017.
Summary:

The Right to Earn a Living Act establishes that at all entry regulations with respect to businesses and professions and all public service restrictions shall be limited to those demonstrably necessary and carefully tailored to fulfill legitimate public health, safety, or welfare objectives.

Within one year after the enactment, all agencies shall conduct a comprehensive review of all entry regulations within their jurisdictions, and for each such entry regulation it shall:

  • Articulate with specificity the public health, safety, or welfare objective or objectives served by the regulation; and
  • Articulate the reason or reasons why the regulation is necessary to serve the specified objective or objectives.
Other: A legislative, regulatory, or executive action that falls outside other threat categories, including proposed elimination of other occupational licenses, that doesn’t directly threaten professional engineers but requires attention.
 Potential Threat
Legislative/Executive Order/Regulatory: Regulatory
Summary:

In an effort to balance the state budget, Governor Bruce Rauner and Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti have announced a new assembly team of experts who are to focus on issue areas key to state policy development. The first of four units to be announced will focus on the state of economics. Under the direction of Hans Zigmund, named the governor’s first economic policy director, the team will be responsible for balanced budget initiatives and regulatory relief areas such as workers compensation and occupational licensure. In the past, Governor Rauner and the Illinois Legislature have made significant efforts to institute occupational reform. For example, in the recent establishment of the Illinois Competitiveness Council, the council is specifically instructed to examine the occupational licensure system to promote “job growth and job creation” and identify unnecessary burdens. NSPE is collaborating with the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers to ensure that the PE license is not impacted.