Threats to Professional Licensure: State List

Louisiana

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: HB 372; HB 748; SB 494
Status:
HB 372: Signed by Governor Bel Edwards on 5/30/2018.
HB 748: Signed by Governor Bel Edwards on 5/30/2018.
SB 494: Failed upon adjournment on 5/18/2018.
Summary:

The Occupational Board Compliance Act (HB 372) creates the Occupational Licensing Review Commission to provide active supervision of state executive branch occupational licensing boards controlled by active market participants to ensure compliance with state policy in the adoption of occupational regulations promulgated by an occupational licensing board. This commission requires an occupational licensing board to submit any proposed occupational regulation to the commission before the occupational licensing board files the occupational regulation in the Office of the Secretary of State.

The Occupational Licensing Review Act (HB 748) requires the Office of the Governor, beginning July 1, 2018, to annually review approximately 20% of the state's current occupational regulations. 

NSPE reached out to the Louisiana Engineering Society about this legislation and will continue to work together to defeat attacks on the PE license.

“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.
Not currently active
Legislative/Executive Order/Regulatory: Legislative
Bill Number: SB 504; HB 825
Status:
SB 504: Failed upon adjournment on 5/18/2018.
HB 825: Died in Committee on 4/16/2018.
Summary:

The Right to Earn a Living Act requires a review of the policies and entry regulations of professional licensing boards and agencies as well as any hurdles to going into business. If it deemed necessary, these bills require a modification or repeal of those policies that are not demonstrably necessary to maintain the public health, safety, or welfare of the people of the state and that the agency recommend that the legislature modify or repeal the policies that require legislative action.

NSPE reached out to the Louisiana Engineering Society about the legislation and will continue to work together to defeat attacks on the PE license.