Threats to Professional Licensure: State List

North Carolina

Legislation that increases state oversight of occupational regulatory boards.
Legislative/Executive Order/Regulatory:
Bill Number:
HB 760: Died in Committee in 2016.
HB 1007: Died in Committee in 2016.

HB 760 - The Regulatory Reform Act of 2015 provides further regulatory relief to citizens by providing various administrative reforms by eliminating certain unnecessary or outdated statutes and regulations and modernizing regulations. This measure would also direct the Joint Legislative Administrative Procedure Oversight Committee (APO) to review the recommendations contained in the Program Evaluation Division report, entitled "Occupational Licensing Agencies Should Not be Centralized, but Stronger Oversight is Needed", to determine how to improve oversight of occupational licensing boards.

HB 1007 - Amends laws regarding occupational licensing boards to respond to the holding in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission. Adds additional financial information requirements to the annual report filed by each occupational licensing board. Requires board members' training include information on antitrust law and state action immunity. Adopts rules for the receipt and resolution of complaints, for taking disciplinary or enforcement actions against its licensees, and for taking enforcement actions against persons not licensed by the board. Clarifies occupational licensing boards' authority to investigate unlicensed activity and notify unlicensed person of violations of laws and rules. Also provides standardized language for notifying unlicensed persons of violations of law.

NSPE has worked with the Professional Engineers of North Carolina in actively tracking and monitoring these bills to ensure that it will not affect the PE. NSPE and PENC continue to actively monitor to defeat any potential threats.