State Rep. Marilyn John (R-Richland County) announces her legislation, House Bill 509, reviewing professional occupational licensures across the state has been approved by the General Assembly on Wednesday. John served as a joint sponsor of the bill alongside State Rep. Sarah Fowler Arthur.
“Throughout the legislative process on this bill, we reviewed over 200 licenses and did our due diligence to work collaboratively with the boards to make the proper modifications advancing career pathways for residents across our state,” John said. “By updating these licensures, we’re breaking down barriers and competitively aligning ourselves with surrounding states to promote job growth and enhance our economy.”
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.