Tag Archives: John Johnson

Bipartisan Support for Board Protection

SHARE: Though NASBA Past Chair K. Michael Conaway is ending his service as a U.S. Representative (R-TX), he is not leaving without introducing the Occupational Licensing Board Antitrust Damages Relief Act of 2020 (H.R.8680), cosponsored by Jamie Raskin (D-MD) and David Cicilline (D-RI) on October 23, 2020. A modified version of the Occupational Licensing Board…

Regional Calls Held in February

SHARE: 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…

New Legislative Tracking Aid

SHARE: NASBA is now using FiscalNote to identify and track legislation impacting the regulation of the accounting profession. Check out https://nasba.org/mc/legislativesupport/legislativetracking/ to see those bills currently being debated at the state and federal level that NASBA’s Director of Legislative and Governmental Affairs John Johnson follows daily. Using graphs and maps, plus descriptive text, the page…

IRS Checking on Good Standing

SHARE: The Accountancy Boards’ executive directors were surprised to receive a letter from Elizabeth C. Kastenberg, IRS Acting Director – Office of Professional Responsibility, requesting copies of all public notices that contain information concerning the status of CPAs who have been disciplined by their Board since January 1, 2018. Ms. Kastenberg stated in her letter:…

ARPL Gets Professional Message Out

SHARE: Summer may have been slow for some, but the Alliance for Responsible Professional Licensing (ARPL) has been hard at work telling legislators “Responsible Licensing Matters” and “One Size Does Not Fit All” when it comes to highly complex and technical professions. Prior to the National Conference of State Legislators’ (NCSL) Legislative Summit, August 5-8…

ARPL Creates Unified Voice

SHARE: The answers to frequently asked questions about why professional regulation matters can be found on the Alliance for Responsible Professional Licensing’s (ARPL) website: ResponsibleLicensing.org. Formed to educate policy makers and the public on the importance of clear, responsible licensing standards for the professions, ARPL is supported by NASBA, the AICPA, the American Institute of…

Driving a Different Narrative

SHARE: There are major players currently dedicated to reducing the regulation of occupations and professions, NASBA Director of Legislative and Governmental Affairs John W. Johnson once more told the Regional Meetings. These include the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), Institute for Justice, Cato Institute, Americans for Prosperity, Mercatus Center and Goldwater Institute. In 2019, anti-regulatory…

Removing Good Moral Character

SHARE: Among the legislative trends being followed by NASBA Director of Legislative and Governmental Affairs John W. Johnson is a push to remove “good moral character” as a requirement for licensure. Mr. Johnson reported to the executive directors that this is one of the initiatives of the Institute for Justice, which characterizes this requirement as…

Regional Calls Held

SHARE: All eight of NASBA’s Regions held conference calls in the last few weeks. Besides receiving updates on legislative efforts in and around their states, as presented by Vice President – State Board Relations Dan Dustin and Director of Governmental and Legislative Affairs John Johnson, the Board chairs and executive directors exchanged their insights on…

Purple Book and Tax Preparers

SHARE: The IRS National Taxpayer Advocate released earlier this year a new publication, The Purple Book, which among its 50 legislative recommendations includes a call for authorizing the IRS to establish minimum competency standards for federal tax return preparers. Noting that the AICPA has opposed a bill that would provide the IRS with the statutory…