Occupational Licensing Executive Order Tracker

Iris Hentze 10/25/2019

Occupational Licensing Executive Order Tracker

workerNCSL, in partnership with the Council of State Governments (CSG) and the National Governor’s Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) have been working on a multi-year project to research occupational licensure and identify related best practices.

The NGA Center is lending its executive-branch expertise to the project and has created this resource to track how the issue of occupational licensing is being addressed by governors across the nation.

This table includes a list of occupational licensing related executive orders that governors have signed since 2016. Here you can find the title of each executive order, the year it was signed, a link to the original text, and keywords that indicate the type of action that the order mandates.

Click here to see interactive maps on Governors' Role in Occupational Licensing, maps of executive orders on occupational licensing since 2016 and states with Governors who mentioned occupational licensing in their 2019 State of the State addresses.

Executive Order Tracker

State Governor Title Summary Date Category
Arizona Doug Ducey (R) Internal Review of Training Requirements, Continuing Education, Fees and Processes This executive order mandated a review of fees, education requirements and other licensing processes in order to adjust overly burdonsome policies to be closer to national averages.  September 2017 Review of Licensing Requirements
Delaware Jack Markell (D) Creating an executive committee to identify ways to prevent the proliferation of barriers to entry and increase opportunities for all Delawareans This executive order established the "Delaware Professional Licensing Review Committee" which was tasked with recommending standards that promote public safety and relief from unnecessary administrative and regulatory burdens.  April 2016 Review of Licensing Requirements/ Establish Committee or Task Force
Idaho Brad Little (R) Red Tape Reduction Act Requires state agencies that have authority to issue administrative rules to identify at least two existing rules to be repealed or significantly simplified for every one rule they propose. EO 2019-02 also requires agencies to submit a business/competitiveness impact statement that identifies the impact any proposed rule will have on individuals and small businesses. January 2019 Reduction/ Simplification of Licensing Rules
Idaho Brad Little (R) Licensing Freedom Act of 2019 Puts in place sunrise and sunset processes for future occupational licensing laws. The recommendations came from a report then-Lt. Governor Brad Little finalized in 2018 outlining the scope of occupational licensing in Idaho. January 2019 Sunrise/Sunset

Charlie Baker (R)

Ensuring Access to Skilled Labor By Varying The Terms of Plumbing Licensure in the Commonwealth This executive order establishes reciprocity for plumbers who meet certain requirements for the duration of a state of emergency in order to keep up with high demand.   October 2018 Emergency/Temporary
Massachusetts Charlie Baker (R) To esnure proper review of the regulation of professional licensing by independent boards.  This executive order requires that any proposed action by a licensing board which could decrease competition must be reviewed by the director of professional licensure and the commissioner of public health. Each review is to commence with a recommendation as to whether the board should move forward with the action. March 2016 Sunrise Review
New Hampshire Chris Sununu (R) Suspending licensing requirements for US Department of Veterans Affairs physicians due to flooding at the Manchester, NH Veterans Affairs Medical Center    This executive order temporarily allowed for USDVA employed physicians and physicians assistants to provide medical services during an increased demand prompted by extensive flooding at the VAMC.  August 2017 Emergency/Temporary
New Mexico Susana Martinez (R) Directing state boards and commissions to take appropriate action on occupational regulation This executive order was a response to the previously mandated review of the state's licensure system. Mandated responses include increased reciprocity, the establishment of consumer choice, fee reductions and minimizing barriers for those with a criminal history.  October 2018 Reciprocity, Fee Reductions, Reducing Barriers for Previously Incarcerated Individuals
New Mexico Susana Martinez (R) Internal review of state boards and commissions' training requirements, testing requirements, fees and practices This executive order called for a complete review of occupational licensing across the state including an assessment of current fees,  education requirements, barriers and opportunities for special populations and timelines for licensure.  July 2018 Review of Licensing Requirements
North Carolina Roy Cooper (D) Temporary Wavier for Licensure Requirements to Facilitate Out-Of-State Health Care Professionals to Treat Victims of Hurricane Florence  This executive order temporarily allowed mental health care professionals including psychologists, counselors and substance abuse specialists who were licensed in other states to practice in North Carolina during the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.  September 2018 Emergency/Temporary
Oklahoma Mary Fallin (R) The Occupational Licensing Database shall continue to provide a centralized point of information  This executive order is aimed to streamline licensure information so that it is accessible to workers. Agencies, board and commissions are expected to maintain complete and up to date information.  February 2018 Licensure Information Accessibility
Oklahoma Mary Fallin (R) Formation of the Oklahoma Occupational Licensing Task Force (Task Force). This executive order established a board tasked with reviewing current occupational licensing policies and identifying policies that created unnecessary barriers to entry for workers.  December 2016 Review of Licensing Requirements/ Establish Committee or Task Force
Oklahoma Mary Fallin (R) Establishing a statewide regulatory system for massage therapy  This executive order set the licensing qualifications, renewal procedures, and professional standards for massage therapists and massage therapy schools. The intention of this was to support high quality and ethical massage therapy operations.  May 2016 Occupation-Specific Reform - Massage Therapists
Oklahoma Mary Fallin (R) Establish an Executive Transition Team for the State Board of Behavioral Healthy Licensure This executive order established a new board to oversee behavioral health licensure. The implementation of this order was overseen by the Oklahoma Department of Health.  August 2013 Occupation-Specific Reform - Behavioral Health
Pennsylvania Tom Wolf (D) Review of State Professional and Occupational Licensure Board Requirements and Processes  This executive order mandated a review of fees, education requirements and other licensing processes in order to adjust overly burdonsome policies to be closer to national averages.  October 2017 Review of Licensing Requirements
West Virginia Earl Tomblin (D) The Governor's Commission On Military Spousal Licensure (The "Commission") Is Hereby Created This executive order created a new commission that was directed to evaluate how current licensing policies impact military families in order to propose policy that would address the barriers that these families face. April 2013

Review of Licensing Requirements related to Military Families/ Establish Committee or Task Force



Texas Greg Abbott (R) Extension of the State Board of Plumbing Examiners  This executive order extended the authority of the State Board of Plumbing Examiners when the state legislature allowed the board and Plumbing License Law to expire.  June 2019 Extending Authority of a Board

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