Occupational Licensing Under Review

Date: June 14, 2017

Representative Rob Hutton (R-Brookfield) believes occupational licensing may be a barrier to opportunity and employment that can needlessly stifle the creation and growth of small business. He has introduced legislation that would create a council to review occupational state licensures to determine those that should be repealed or eliminated. Assembly Bill 369 does not repeal any

He has introduced legislation that would create a council to review occupational state licensures to determine those that should be repealed or eliminated. Assembly Bill 369 does not repeal any regulations but would establish a council at the Department of Safety and Professional Services to study and recommend the elimination, reduction or modification of laws and rules governing occupational licenses and education requirements. According to the

According to the Milwaukee-based Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, Wisconsin’s occupational licensing regulations cost consumers $1.93 billion per year. “It’s just good policy any time government enacts a law or statute that we review over a period of time to make sure that change is still relevant, still beneficial,” said Representative Hutton, “and that’s, in essence, what this council would do for our state licensures.” Assembly Bill 369 has been referred to the Committee on Regulatory Licensing Reform. Senate Bill 28 (the companion bill), introduced by Senator Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield), and referred to the Committee on Public Benefits, Licensing and State-Federal Relations.

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