The National Conference of State Legislatures has produced a new series of four publications that focus on the unique challenges and barriers related to occupational licensing for four specific population groups. Each report outlines specific state policy options to address the unique challenges faced by the individual population.
The National Conference of State Legislatures provides a continually updated database of occupational licensing legislation being pursued nationwide. The database tracks legislation focused on 34 distinct, high-growth occupations as well as proposals affecting licensing for skilled immigrants, individuals with criminal records, unemployed or dislocated workers, and active-duty military, veterans, and their spouses.
A webinar hosted by the National Conference of State Legislatures on Thursday, April 12, provided policymakers with up-to-date information on recent developments related to occupational licensing reform. The program was presented in behalf of the Occupational Licensing Policy Learning Consortium, a group of 11 states, including Arkansas, involved in a three-year program to address occupational licensing issues in the United States.
State Legislatures, a monthly magazine published by the National Conference of State Legislatures, provides in its April edition a comprehensive overview of various approaches states are taking to address issues surrounding occupational licensing.
Delegations from participating Consortium states launched the occupational licensing project with a three-day meeting in December 2017 to hear presentations and develop individual state plans for addressing issues.
Arkansas is one of 11 states accepted to participate in the Occupational Licensing Policy Learning Consortium, which is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor and is managed jointly by the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Council of State Governments, and the National Governors Association’s Center for Best Practices.