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House Bill 4 — Occupational therapy licensure amendments

House Bill 4 — Occupational therapy licensure amendments

Phil Haunschild
January 21, 2019

Bill description: HB 4 would eliminate a requirement that applicants for licensure as an occupational therapist submit a new application after failing two attempts on the licensure examination.

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?

To obtain a license to practice occupational therapy in Idaho, applicants must submit a four-page application detailing their work history, educational experience, criminal history and more. Along with the form, applicants must have two references from others who can attest to their good moral character.

In addition, applicants must pass an examination approved by the board. Applicants who fail this examination twice are required by law to resubmit their application.

HB 4 would eliminate the resubmission requirement which is an additional burden on individuals attempting to obtain a license.


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