When NASBA’s Regional calls are convened, states learn how their neighbors are facing similar issues and where forces are pushing them in different directions. For example, while some groups are promoting laws that open licensing to individuals with criminal records, closer scrutiny is being urged by others. Richard Grueter (MA) pointed out, during the Northeast Region’s conference call, that the Massachusetts Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure at the end of 2019 called for an investigation into how 68 registered sex offenders held state licenses (including 21 electricians). This was brought to the legislators’ attention by a report in the Boston Globe.
All eight of NASBA’s Regional Directors held Regional Conference calls with State Board Chairs and Executive Directors in February. During the calls the Regional Directors reviewed actions taken at the Board of Directors’ January meeting. NASBA Vice President – Relations with Member Boards Daniel Dustin updated the Boards’ representatives on the CPA Evolution Initiative and Director of Legislative and Governmental Affairs John Johnson reviewed anti-regulatory legislation now being debated in each Region’s states and trending across the country. The calls also gave each Board the opportunity to highlight the current issues they are facing. Among those mentioned were:
Mr. Johnson reported that 41 states were actively in legislative session in February. Anti-regulatory bills, including those calling for least restrictive means of regulation and establishment of oversight bodies, are being monitored by Mr. Johnson and can be viewed by state on https://nasba.org/mc/legislativesupport/legislativetracking. During the Regional calls Mr. Johnson was thanked by states for his help in their defense against bills that would harm the Boards. He reminded the Boards to check the Alliance for Responsible Professional Licensing (ARPL) website http://responsiblelicensing.org for articles, talking points and videos in support of professional licensing.
The Regional Directors invited all their State Boards to participate in the webinars to be held in March to provide more information on the CPA Evolution Initiative, and to contact the Regional Directors with any questions the Accountancy Boards might have to bring to the attention of the NASBA Board.
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