The Arkansas Occupational Licensing Reform Initiative web presence is maintained in support of the state’s multi-level approach to addressing occupational licensing issues. The website was developed by state House of Representatives’ staff, who are responsible for its content.
Arkansas is one of 11 states chosen to participate in the Occupational Licensing Policy Learning Consortium, a three-year project supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor and managed jointly by the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Council of State Governments, and the National Governors Association’s Center for Best Practices.
A core team of legislators, staff and executive-branch officials represents Arkansas in the multi-state Consortium. The core team is associated and has working relationships with two other groups established to support the occupational licensing initiative:
- The 17-member Red Tape Reduction Working Group (RTRWG), appointed by Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and charged with studying related issues and developing recommendations during the 2018 calendar year.
- The 25-member Occupational Licensing Advisory Group, which provides research support and input for the RTRWG.