Gutwein’s bill streamlining licensing, public safety efforts heads to governor

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Wednesday, April 10, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 10, 2019) – Legislation authored by State Rep. Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville) streamlining Indiana licensing boards and safety commissions could soon be law.

Gutwein said currently, some large boards under the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency have difficulty with attendance and cannot obtain a quorum to conduct business. However, he said members present for the meetings still receive payment, even when no work is accomplished.

“Licensing boards ensure Hoosier professionals have the proper qualifications and remain in good standing,” said Gutwein, chair of the Select Committee on Government Reduction. “However, some of these boards have grown too large to do their jobs effectively. Paring down some of these boards will help them do their jobs more efficiently while saving taxpayer dollars.”

Gutwein’s legislation would reduce all licensing boards representing fewer than 15,000 employees to five board members. He said this would make it easier for boards to reach a quorum and save money by reducing mileage and per diem payments. According to Gutwein, this change could save taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars annually.

Gutwein worked with Gov. Eric Holcomb on this legislation after leading a multi-year effort to streamline state government by eliminating red tape and duplicative reporting.

House Enrolled Act 1269 passed the House and Senate, and is now eligible for action by the governor. For more information, visit iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville) represents House District 16, which
includes all of Pulaski County and portions of Fulton, Jasper, Newton and Starke counties.
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