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Occupational Licensing Consumer Choice Act (SB 492) was introduced to the Senate

Like it’s mirror bill, HB 2697, the purpose of this bill is to create the Occupational Licensing Consumer Choice Act to allow persons to work for employers or consumers without first obtaining a professional license.

This would allow a non-licensee to work in a lawful occupation without an occupational license by allowing consumers to make decisions in hiring and contracting with providers of their choice. The Bill exempts medical doctors, RNs, LPNs, Dentists and Pharmacists.

If you have not already reached out to the House contacts below, we still encourage you to do so.

We also encourage you to reach out to the following Senate contacts to discourage this Senate Bill from being placed on any committees’ agenda:

These are identical Bills, and we encourage you to read the details of each (links below). We are aware of similar Bills being introduced in at least eight (8) other states as of today.

HB 2697
SB 492

Here are some additional talking points provided by NASBA’s John Johnson. He has also provided two links to other anti-regulation resources:

The expertise Certified Public Accountants achieve through licensure – Education and knowledge – is the very thing that makes it possible for the public to count on them.  The attest service provided by CPAs are an integral part of creating trust in the financial system – not just in the critically important capital markets – but also in financial, banking and credit transaction where financial statements are relied upon every day by banks, insurance companies, investment funds, governments, private individuals, equipment and inventory supplier and other grantors of capital credit.  Additionally, the income tax and broad array of advisory services provided by CPAs have a tremendous impact on state’s economic health and its citizens in terms of state’s GDP and tax collection.  Thus, the public has a vital interest in the competence of CPAs and their adherence to statues, and rule, rules of professional conduct, and standards of practice.  The most egregious examples of malfeasance or malpractice nearly always stem from the violation, or ignorance, of professional standards or ethics. To allow a non-licensee to contract with a consumer to provide such services could potentially impact financial markets and the economy – Professional licensure ensures life savings aren’t lost! 

Link to a recent article I wrote on the topic of anti-regulation

https://nasba.org/blog/2019/01/11/taking-license/

Another on Myths and Facts on Anti-Regulation and Professional Licensure

https://nasba.org/blog/2019/01/17/myths-and-facts-on-anti-regulation-and-professional-licensure/

John W. Johnson
Director, Legislative & Governmental Affairs
National Association of State Boards of Accountancy