Threats to Professional Licensure: State List

West Virginia

“Consumer Choice”: Allows unlicensed persons to practice occupations that require licensure, provided the persons disclosed that they are unlicensed.
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Legislative/Executive Order/Regulatory: Legislative
Bill Number: S.B. 492/H.B. 2697
Status:
Introduced, referred to committee on 1/28/19.
Summary:

Known as a “Consumer Choice Bill,” these companion bills allow any person to practice any occupation without a license, as long as the person discloses to the consumer that he is unlicensed, before entering into an agreement with the consumer.

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.
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Legislative/Executive Order/Regulatory: Legislative
Bill Number: HCR 106
Status:
Failed upon adjournment on 3/10/2018.
Summary:

This Concurrent Resolution stated that the West Virginia Legislature is committed to protecting the public while balancing economic opportunity by studying the various forms of licensure, certification and registration of occupations and professions to ensure requirements are the least burdensome and as minimally restrictive as possible, while protecting public health and safety./ The measure requested the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to conduct a study of the various forms of occupational and professional regulation, and report back to the Legislature with any recommendations for the 2019 Legislative Session.

Although the measure died upon adjournment, the proposal could still be studied as an interim topic if the legislature determines the need to do so.

NSPE reached out to the West Virginia Society of Professional Engineers about the legislation and will continue to work together to defeat attacks on the PE license.