Legislature(2019 - 2020)
2020-01-27 House JournalFull Journal pdf
2020-01-27 House Journal Page 1468 HB 216 HOUSE BILL NO. 216 by the House Rules Committee by request of the Governor, entitled: "An Act relating to professional licensing; relating to temporary licenses for some professions; relating to audiologists and speech- language pathologists; relating to the regulation of hair braiding; 2020-01-27 House Journal Page 1469 relating to the demonstration of traditional Alaska Native tattoo techniques; relating to home inspector licensing; relating to collection agency licensing; relating to hearing aid dealer licensing; repealing requirements for certification of professional geologists; repealing the requirements for registration of concert promoters; repealing the athletic commission; relating to boxing, sparring and wrestling contests, matches, and exhibitions; relating to dental radiological equipment; repealing certain oil and gas business bonding and cash deposit requirements; and providing for an effective date." was read the first time and referred to the Labor & Commerce, Health & Social Services, Resources, and Finance Committees. The following fiscal note(s) apply: 1. Zero, Dept. of Natural Resources 2. Zero, Dept. of Natural Resources 3. Fiscal, Dept. of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development 4. Fiscal, Dept. of Health & Social Services The Governor's transmittal letter dated January 21 follows: "Dear Speaker Edgmon: Under the authority of Article III, Section 18, of the Alaska Constitution, I am transmitting a bill regarding professional licensing reform. This bill would streamline professional licensing provisions and increase the efficiency of the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development, as well as multiple boards that oversee professional licensing. This bill would eliminate outdated requirements, align requirements with federal law, and eliminate burdensome regulation. The bill addresses current inconsistencies in the rules regarding temporary professional licenses and reworks language to institute one clear, fair, and responsible standard for allowing qualified persons to 2020-01-27 House Journal Page 1470 begin practice under a temporary license. This will ensure efficiency, remove barriers to workforce entry and improve availability of licensed professionals, while protecting public safety. Amendments clarify when a previous brush with the law would disqualify a person from entering a licensed profession. The bill also repeals many obsolete statutes, including the Athletic Commission, a body that has not been funded or active for many years. Finally, this bill addresses areas, such as the oversight of dental radiological equipment, by moving oversight to the Department of Health and Social Services, an agency much more appropriate for this task. Together, we can keep our citizens safe, but allow a streamlined, efficient, and robust professional licensing. This bill is an important first step towards that goal. I urge your prompt and favorable action on this measure. Sincerely, /s/ Mike Dunleavy Governor"