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Little signs executive order to review Idaho's occupational licensing requirements

“To my knowledge we have never reviewed many of these licenses. From this last legislative session it’s clear that we need to take a comprehensive look at our practices, and how and why they were implemented,” Acting Governor Little said in signing the “Licensing Freedom Act.”

Acting Governor Brad Little signed an executive order Friday morning that calls for a review of Idaho's licensing requirements.

The order, known as the Licensing Freedom Act, directs a "sweeping review of Idaho's occupational licensing requirements." It requires State agencies to submit a report assessing whether the license requirements are in the public interest. The reports must be submitted to the Governor's Office by July 1 of 2018. The report from each executive agency will include the time frame that a license is granted or denied, renewal requirements, and prerequisites for a license.

“To my knowledge we have never reviewed many of these licenses. From this last legislative session it’s clear that we need to take a comprehensive look at our practices, and how and why they were implemented,” Acting Governor Little said in signing the “Licensing Freedom Act.”

Lieutenant Governor Little has asked for the public's input into licensing concerns.

“I’d like to hear directly from those who are affected by licensing requirements. I realize they might not want to report directly to overseeing agencies, so this will provide an outlet for them to freely express their ideas and concerns,” the Lieutenant Governor said. “Government always needs to do its part to protect citizens, but it also must make sure it does not interfere where it’s not needed. I always say, ‘Only the lightest possible hand.’”



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