The goal: uniformity and creating a predictable business environment.
The bills would preempt local governments from requiring occupational licenses that are not mandated by the state, a fix to so-called “patchwork” regulations throughout the state.
To clear Community Affairs it took an amendment that allowed carveouts for businesses with employees who require occupational licenses outside general law.
Perry said the bill “ensures uniformity in occupational licensing” across 410 local jurisdictions and eliminates “hurdles” to entrepreneurship.
“This does not affect anything licensed by the state now,” Perry said in committee.
The bill, he added, allows people to work a “side job to make some money.”
The legislation would affect a broad swath of trade classes including “painting, flooring, cabinetry, interior remodeling, driveway or tennis court installation, decorative stone, tile, marble, granite, or terrazzo installation, plastering, stuccoing, caulking, canvas awning, and ornamental iron installation.”
Perry suggested expanding state regulations for industries that might be regulated in some localities but not others, though that isn’t contemplated in the current bill language.
If approved, the bill would take effect on July 1, 2020. July 1, 2022, would be the drop-dead date for current licenses.
The amendment adopted earlier in the committee process makes this bill different from HB 3, which is on the House Special Order calendar for Wednesday after having cleared committees.
Other dereg bills to watch:
Diaz’s bill has its first committee hearing Monday afternoon, while the Renner version has been fasttracked to the House calendar.