Bill Details - HB662 (2019)

HB 662 - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2019 SESSION

19-0824

10/08

 

HOUSE BILL 662

 

AN ACT establishing a commission to study occupational licensing reforms.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Rodd, Merr. 6; Rep. Keans, Straf. 23; Rep. Opderbecke, Straf. 15

 

COMMITTEE: Executive Departments and Administration

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill establishes a commission to study occupational licensing reforms.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

19-0824

10/08

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen

 

AN ACT establishing a commission to study occupational licensing reforms.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  New Section; Occupations and Professions; Commission Established.  Amend RSA 332-G by inserting after section 4 the following new section:

332-G:4-a  Commission Established.  There is established a commission to study possibilities for reforming New Hampshire's occupational licensing requirements and procedures to reduce barriers to licensure and to increase New Hampshire's economic competitiveness.

I.  The members of the commission shall be as follows:

(a)  Three members of the house of representatives, appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.

(b)  Two members of the senate, appointed by the president of the senate.

(c)  The executive director of the office of professional licensure and certification, or designee.

(d)  The commissioner of the department of business and economic affairs, or designee.

(e)  Two members of technical division boards under the office of professional licensure and certification, appointed by the governor.

(f)  Two members of health division boards under the office of professional licensure and certification, appointed, by the governor.

(g)  The executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire, or designee.

II.  Legislative members of the commission shall receive mileage at the legislative rate when attending to the duties of the commission.

III.  The commission shall study:

(a)  Reforms for reducing the barriers to occupational licenses for impacted communities, including veterans and military spouses, and individuals with criminal records.

(b)  Reforms for increasing the portability of occupational licenses issued by New Hampshire across state lines.

(c)  Reforms for increasing New Hampshire's reciprocity of occupational licenses obtained from out of state.

(d)  Improvements to the standardization of vocabulary and standards across New Hampshire occupational licenses.

(e)  Possible occupations that should be newly licensed or de-licensed.

(f)  Methods of data collection on the demographics of licensure applicants, including those who receive and are denied licensure.

IV.  The commission may solicit advice and testimony from any interested party, including but not limited to:

(a)  The state office of veterans affairs.

(b)  The department of corrections.

(c)  The department of employment security.

(d)  Members of occupational licensing boards.

V.  The members of the study commission shall elect a chairperson from among the legislative members.  The first meeting of the commission shall be called by the first-named house member.  The first meeting of the commission shall be held within 45 days of the effective date of this section.  Seven members of the commission shall constitute a quorum.

VI.  The commission shall meet at least 4 times prior to submission of its report.

VII.  The commission shall report its findings and any recommendations for proposed legislation to the speaker of the house of representatives, the president of the senate, the house clerk, the senate clerk, the governor, and the state library on or before November 1, 2019.

2  Repeal.  RSA 332-G:4-a, relative to the commission to study occupational licensing reforms, is repealed.

3  Effective Date.

I.  Section 2 of this act shall take effect November 1, 2019.

II.  The remainder of this act shall take effect upon its passage.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 3, 2019 Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Executive Departments and Administration HJ 3 P. 24
Feb. 6, 2019 Public Hearing: 02/06/2019 02:30 pm LOB 306
March 5, 2019 Executive Session: 03/05/2019 01:15 pm LOB 306
Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 13-7; RC)
March 19, 2019 Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 03/19/2019 (Vote 13-7; RC) HC 16 P. 27

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 6, 2019 House Hearing
March 5, 2019 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
March 19, 2019 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB662 Revision: 4934 Date: Jan. 16, 2019, 9:43 a.m.