Threats to Professional Licensure: State List

Virginia

Other: Tracking Software
 Potential Threat
Legislative/Executive Order/Regulatory: Legislative
Bill Number: HB 2804
Status:
General Laws subcommittee recommended holding the bill on 1/29/19
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.

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 883; SB 20; HB 1195; HB 880
Status:
HB 883: Signed by Governor Northam on 3/23/2018.
SB 20: Signed by Governor Northam on 3/23/2018.
HB 1195: Eligible to be carried over to the 2019 Legislative Session on 3/10/2018.
HB 880: Eligible to be carried over to the 2019 Legislative Session on 3/10/2018.
Summary:

These identical bills (HB 883 & SB 20) became the bipartisan regulatory reform deal between Governor Northam and the General Assembly. As originally filed, HB 883 would have created a pilot program requiring state agencies to submit two or more existing regulations to be “replaced or repealed” before a new regulation can be approved. The updated version, as well as SB 20, removed the two-for-one requirement and instead created a three-year regulatory reduction pilot program with a goal of reducing by 25% the regulatory requirements and burdens, and compliance costs within the Departments of Professional and Occupational Regulation and Criminal Justice Services.

HB 1195 creates the Joint Commission to Evaluate Professional and Occupational Licensing Requirements, tasked with examining statutory and regulatory professional and occupational licensing requirements to determine whether any may be reduced or eliminated while still, in the least restrictive manner, protecting the public health and safety.

HB 880 establishes the position of Professional and Occupational Regulatory Analyst within the Division of Legislative Services to assist the Joint Commission on Administrative Rules in (i) exerting its best efforts to evaluate at least three professions or occupations in each year and (ii) to the extent feasible, review legislation establishing or modifying an occupational regulation to determine whether the legislation uses the least restrictive regulation necessary to protect or preserve the public health, safety, and welfare.

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.
 Potential Threat
Legislative/Executive Order/Regulatory: Legislative
Bill Number: HB 1195; HB 880
Status:
HB 1195: Eligible to be carried over to the 2019 Legislative Session on 3/10/2018.
HB 880: Eligible to be carried over to the 2019 Legislative Session on 3/10/2018.
Summary:

HB 1195 creates the Joint Commission to Evaluate Professional and Occupational Licensing Requirements, tasked with examining statutory and regulatory professional and occupational licensing requirements to determine whether any may be reduced or eliminated while still, in the least restrictive manner, protecting the public health and safety.

HB 880 establishes the position of Professional and Occupational Regulatory Analyst within the Division of Legislative Services to assist the Joint Commission on Administrative Rules in (i) exerting its best efforts to evaluate at least three professions or occupations in each year and (ii) to the extent feasible, review legislation establishing or modifying an occupational regulation to determine whether the legislation uses the least restrictive regulation necessary to protect or preserve the public health, safety, and welfare.