Under Senate Bill 520, the occupations that faced the automatic elimination of licensing requirements also included dietitians, home inspectors, land surveyors, massage therapists, professional soil scientists, real estate brokers, certified surgical technologists, and others.
Kim Fipps, a Howard County home inspector, said the current licensing threshold isn’t high enough to keep some poor home inspectors out of the business.
“Either get rid of [licensing] or make it tougher,” Fipps said. “Right now it’s a nuisance.”
The bill’s original language, supported by Pence, would have set in motion a process to automatically eliminate licensing requirements for 35 occupations. The Senate reduced that number to 13 occupations.
In the Pence-supported version of the bill, licensing requirements in certain occupations would have been automatically eliminated unless the legislature voted to continue licensing for that occupation. Head said there were lawmakers who were open to the bill but wanted to do away with the automatic elimination of licensing and change the language so that the General Assembly would have to vote to end the license.
Republican state Rep. Ed Clere of New Albany is one of the legislators who expressed concern about the bill’s potential negative impact.
“At a time when we’re trying to find ways to help stabilize employment and promote job creation, we shouldn’t be doing anything that could cause additional uncertainty or disruption in any business.”