Threats to Professional Licensure: State List
HB 1299: Failed upon adjournment on 3/14/2018.
These companion measures provide that the small business ombudsman reviews proposed rules that are occupational regulations. However, during the House Ways and Means Committee, SB399 was stripped of the provisions referencing the ombudsman and review of the rulemaking processes leading toward licensure/registration. What remained in the bill was some language that appears benign that allows individuals to submit their criminal records to licensing boards to have a determination made whether or not their past criminal history will prohibit them from becoming licensed.
These companion bills, as initially filed, posed a major threat to occupational licensure and would have upended engineering licensure in Indiana. NSPE and the Indiana Society of Professional Engineers will continue to collaborate to ensure that these pieces of legislation do not threaten professional engineers.
On August 20, 2015, as the result of extensive advocacy efforts by the Indiana Society of Professional Engineers and NSPE, the Indiana Job Creation Commission (JCC) rescinded its troubling recommendation to eliminate licensure of the Professional Engineer. The JCC, which was created in 2014 to examine the licensing of all of the state’s professional boards, released its draft report recommending elimination of the PE license in Indiana. ISPE and NSPE organized a swift, coordinated response to urge the JCC and Indiana Governor Mike Pence to reverse the recommendation. ISPE sent a letter to the JCC Chairman Nick Rhoad and Governor Pence’s office on June 19, urging them to remove the recommendation. At ISPE’s request, NSPE sent a letter addressing the state and national implications of eliminating the PE license and urged the JCC to reverse their decision. The final report was amended but still stated that there would be further consideration of the licensure of engineers. NSPE has been actively monitoring developments around the country and stands ready, willing and able to collaborate with state societies to oppose any and all such efforts. Learn more.