Threats to Professional Licensure: State List

Minnesota

Other: Tracking Software
 Potential Threat
Legislative/Executive Order/Regulatory: Legislative
Bill Number: HF 153; SF 1374; HF 1409; SF 913
Status:
Died upon adjournment.
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: SF 1776; HF 2225; SF 784
Status:
SF 1776: Failed upon adjournment on 5/21/2018.
HF 2225: Failed upon adjournment on 5/21/2018.
SF 784: Died in Committee in 2016.
Summary:

During the 2015 Legislative Session, SF 784 sought to ensure an individual could purse lawful occupation free from unnecessary occupational regulations. This measure never moved out of committee. During the 2017 Legislative Session, two similar companion measures were refiled. These companion measures articulate the right of an individual to pursue an occupation as a fundamental right. This right includes the right of an individual with a criminal history to obtain an occupational license, specialty occupational license for medical reimbursement, government certification, or any state recognition. NSPE has reached out to the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers to ensure that the legislation is successfully defeated.