How state licensing regulatory structures differ, the unintended consequences of licensing reform and how to sustain efforts as the Occupational Licensing Consortium wraps up were just some of the points of discussion during the third and final annual Multi-State Occupational Licensing Learning Consortium Meeting.

The meeting, held Sept. 11-12 in Park City, Utah, assembled nearly 150 state lawmakers and legislative staff, governors’ office staff, state agency and department heads, industry association representatives, occupational licensing board members, economists and researchers to discuss ways to reduce barriers to occupational licensing. The meeting was put on by NCSL’s Employment, Labor and Retirement Program in partnership with the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and The Council of State Governments Center for Innovation.

During the two-and-a-half-day meeting, attendees experienced a mix of workshops and panels led by experts, as well as facilitated state time where teams worked on and developed action plans for occupational licensing in their states.

Fourteen state teams attended the meeting, including Arkansas, and Wisconsin. Each state brought a team of roughly six people, representing the legislature, governor’s office, state agencies and regulatory boards. Vermont, Utah, Nevada, New Hampshire, Maryland, Kentucky, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Colorado.

States heard from each other on successes from the previous years as members of the consortium. These included passage of many pieces of legislation, the creation of task forces, the centralizing and collection of data, and new partnerships with other government organizations such as the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of Justice. States also shared their plans to sustain their momentum past the formal end of the Occupational Licensing Consortium in June of 2020. More information about the 2019 Occupational Licensing Multi-State Consortium can be found online.