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House Bill 273 — Occupational licensing, repeal

House Bill 273 — Occupational licensing, repeal

Parrish Miller
March 4, 2021
Parrish Miller
March 4, 2021

Bill Description: House Bill 273 would repeal five occupational licenses in July 2022 unless the Legislature chooses to intervene. 

Rating: +1

Does it increase barriers to entry into the market? Examples include occupational licensure, the minimum wage, and restrictions on home businesses. Conversely, does it remove barriers to entry into the market?

House Bill 273 schedules five occupational licensing chapters of Idaho code for deletion. They are: abstracters of title, state athletic commission, certified shorthand reporters board, board of massage therapy, and genetic counselor licensing board. 

By setting these chapters to delete as of July 1, 2022, the Legislature will either have to delay or reverse the deletions during the next Legislative session or allow them to proceed according to schedule. Allowing them to proceed would reduce barriers to entry for those whose professions fall within the provisions of these chapters. 


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  • Barbara Julian, LMT says:

    Repealing the Massage Therapy License can open doors to untrained, unethical and dangerous practitioners. Any occupation that touches naked people behind closed doors should be licensed, have professional standards including minimum education, continuing education and ethical training. There should be recourse for the general public for unsafe practices. Please consider the worst case scenario here. Simply making massage therapy an easy to access profession is completely underestimating the profession and opens doors to dangerous practitioners. Please review the Licensing requirements. It is minimal compared to other states, especially those that border Idaho. Massage Therapy in Idaho is a very easy profession to enter into. I urge Occupational Licensing for Massage Therapy remain as law in Idaho. No to HB273.

  • Chelsea says:

    Are you sure these dates correct? I just heard they repealed them last week and it will go into effect this July.

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