The National Conference of State Legislatures examines initiatives in two states to remove occupational licensing barriers for persons with criminal convictions. Article includes links to legislation in both Delaware and Indiana.
Developed as part of the Occupational Licensing Policy Learning Consortium, the National Occupational Licensing Database offers state-by-state comparisons of licensing or certification practices for 34 occupations that 1) are regulated by at least 30 states, 2) have projected job-growth potential, 3) have an entry level of less than a four-year degree, and 4) have a national number of job holders exceeding at least 10,000.
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.
The Council of State Governments maintains the National Center for Interstate Compacts. Compacts in some instances have made possible the improved portability of occupational licenses among compact states.
The state of Oklahoma’s Occupational Licensing Task Force undertook a year-long study of issues surrounding occupational licensing and issued this 2018 report with recommendations for state leadership.