OL Policy Learning Consortium

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.

Professor presents early findings in occupational licensing study

Dr. Derek Slagle, an assistant professor of public administration at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and an employee of the Arkansas House of Representatives, has begun review of occupational licensing issues nationally and in Arkansas and on March 26 presented preliminary findings to the Red Tape Reduction Working Group and the occupational licensing advisory group.

Governor appoints Red Tape Reduction Working Group

Governor Asa Hutchinson appointed a 17-member Red Tape Reduction Working Group to examine occupational licensing in Arkansas and identify ways to reduce regulations without compromising the safety of consumers. After announcing formation of the Working Group in February, the governor in March added two more members: Daryl Bassett of the Department of Workforce Services and Brian Bowen, Deputy Attorney General for State Agencies at the Attorney General’s Office.