State Rep. Sarah Fowler Arthur (R-Ashtabula) announces her legislation, House Bill 509, reviewing professional occupational licensures across the state has been approved by the General Assembly on Wednesday. Fowler Arthur served as a joint sponsor of the bill alongside State Rep. Marilyn John.
“Our goal in this legislation is to make Ohio the best place in the Union to live, work, and raise a family; we want to be business friendly, supportive of our licensed professional’s career choices, and remove barriers to entering or continuing in any given field,” Fowler Arthur said.
The legislation is part of the process to review professional occupational licensure and ensure balancing of consumer protections and quality standards with best practices, competitive fees, and reasonable education requirements. This occupational licensure review process was established in Senate Bill 255 in the 132nd General Assembly.
Throughout the legislative process, the representatives reviewed materials from 19 state boards as well as other interested parties to be sure the best legislation has been drafted. Some of the boards impacted by this legislation are the Board of Building Standards, Board of Pharmacy, Board of Psychology, and the Vision Professionals Board.
The legislation now moves to the governor’s office for his signature.