Capitol Views: Occupational licensing overhaul still afloat

What started out as a legislative vehicle for fans of free enterprise and statewide business boosters was transformed today into a slower-paced attempt to reform and streamline Louisiana’s occupational licenses.

The bill’s author, Rep. Julie Emerson, said a few hundred emails from proponents and opponents have flooded her inbox since she took up the charge—and there were so many people in attendance at a Wednesday morning committee hearing in Baton Rouge that an overflow room had to be designated.

HB 748 by Emerson, R-Carencro, originally sought to create a sunset review process for each occupational license in the state, as led by the governor’s office. Citing studies that classify such licensing requirements as barriers to employment, while questioning the need to license such activities as hair-braiding and floral arranging, Emerson has carried her message through the House this session with success…


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