New Federal Workforce Development Law Includes Funding for States to Examine Occupational Licensing
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
New Federal Workforce Development Law Includes Funding for States to Examine Occupational Licensing Requirements
The President recently signed H.R. 2353, which includes a provision that gives state governors discretionary authority to use existing federal career and technical education funds for several issues, including examining occupational licensing requirements. States may use this existing funding for consulting and coordinating with other state agencies to identify and examine licenses or certifications that pose an unwarranted barrier to entry into the workforce for career and technical education students and do not protect the health, safety, or welfare of consumers.
The occupational licensing measure previously was introduced on a bipartisan basis as a standalone measure in the House (H.R. 2155) and Senate (S. 945), known as the New HOPE Act. Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) and Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) sponsored H.R. 2155. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) sponsored S. 945.
H.R. 2353 is a broader bill to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which provides funding for career and technical education and sets forth how the states may use it. The new law increases funding by $1.3 billion and shifts decision making on spending these funds to state and local governments.
Members should visit Advocacy / What's New for more information.