State Board Report


Legislation has been proposed by Senators Mike Lee (R-UT), Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Ben Sasse (R-NE) and Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA-49) that would provide for antitrust immunity for state regulatory boards but would involve creating active supervision and periodic review of the current occupational boards and establishing a cause of action for judicial review of licensing laws (S. 1649/H.R. 3446).

“Rather than recognizing the vital role regulatory boards play in public protection, the bill’s sponsors are encouraging states to examine, modify and/or eliminate their occupational licensing regulations in exchange for immunity,” NASBA Director of Government and Legislative Affairs John Johnson writes in the September edition of Legislative E-News (on He underscores that the Professional Licensing Coalition, to which NASBA belongs, is monitoring legislation closely and studying the fiscal impact that similar legislation has had in states over the years. He advises all states to review the legislation to see its potential impact on their boards.

For more details, see this month’s Legislative E-News.


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