By Lindsay Atkinson | Policy Research Intern
In May 2017, Brad Little, acting as governor in the absence of Butch Otter, issued Executive Order No. 2017-06, which called for a review of occupational licensing requirements. The reason for this review: it had been decades since the last comprehensive internal review of licensing requirements by the executive branch in Idaho.
Little’s order required all licensing authorities in Idaho to submit a report to the governor’s office by July 1, 2018. In the reports, licensing authorities were to summarize their licensing requirements as well as justify them.
Now that the deadline has passed, the Occupational Licensing and Certification Laws Committee has set August 7, 2018, as its day to meet and review the reports. IFF has reviewed the numerous reports that are accessible online and, below, we outline next-step suggestions for the occupational licensure reviews.
The licensing authorities’ reports are useful. They provide foundational information and give direction for potential occupational licensure reform in Idaho. That said, the above suggested next-steps would better inform the Occupational Licensing and Certification Laws Committee about how to fill its agenda when it meets in early August.