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House Bill 664 — Audiology, compact

House Bill 664 — Audiology, compact

by
Parrish Miller
February 28, 2022
Parrish Miller
February 28, 2022

Bill Description: House Bill 664 would impose fingerprint-based background checks on audiologists and speech-language pathologists. The bill would also implement the Audiology and Speech-language Pathology Interstate Compact.

Rating: -2

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 664 creates Section 54-2918A, Idaho Code, which is titled the "Audiology and Speech-language Pathology Interstate Compact." While interstate licensing compacts can make it easier for licensed individuals to practice in multiple states, the compact itself is full of regulations, which are antithetical to a free market. Occupational licensure is fundamentally a violation of the rights of individuals — both providers and consumers — to engage in voluntary interactions and transactions without intrusion by the state. 

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House Bill 664 amends Section 54-2912, Idaho Code, to create a new barrier to entry into the market for audiologists. Specifically, it requires that "to be eligible for a license," an applicant must "submit a full set of the applicant's fingerprints on forms supplied by the board that shall be utilized to obtain a fingerprint-based criminal history background check from the Idaho state police and the federal bureau of investigation."

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House Bill 664 amends Section 54-2913, Idaho Code, to create a new barrier to entry into the market for speech-language pathologists. Specifically, it requires that "to be eligible for a license," an applicant must "submit a full set of the applicant's fingerprints on forms supplied by the board that shall be utilized to obtain a fingerprint-based criminal history background check from the Idaho state police and the federal bureau of investigation."

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