COLUMBUS – On Wednesday, March 23, State Representatives Marilyn John (R-Richland County) and Fowler Arthur (R-Ashtabula) passed Substitute House Bill 509 out of the Ohio House of Representatives.
Substitute House Bill 509 is part of the process to review professional occupational licensure and ensure we are balancing 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.
“The goal of this legislation is to make the state of Ohio the best place to work, live, and start a business, all while removing barriers one may have when attempting to enter a new career field,” said John.
Throughout the process of undertaking this legislation, Representative John and Representative Fowler Arthur 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
“I have learned a lot through the process of hearing from the licensure boards and comparing Ohio’s regulations to other states. We were able to find areas to cut red tape, reduce bureaucracy, and increase Ohioan’s accessibility to licensed career paths,” said Fowler Arthur.
This bill is now under consideration by the Ohio Senate.