House advances Gutwein’s bill streamlining licensing, public safety efforts

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Wednesday, February 13, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 13, 2019) – State Rep. Douglas Gutwein’s (R-Francesville) legislation streamlining Indiana licensing boards and safety commissions recently advanced out of the House of Representatives.

Gutwein said the organization for boards and commissions currently administered by the Professional Licensing Agency lack consistency. This has resulted in unnecessarily large licensing boards, which have difficulty obtaining a quorum. If a quorum is not met, the board cannot conduct business but board members in attendance still receive payment.

“Licensing boards ensure Hoosier professionals are qualified,” said Gutwein, chair of the Select Committee on Government Reduction. “However, some of the boards are too large to do their work efficiently and effectively. To help these boards do their jobs quickly and save taxpayer money, we must trim down unreasonably large boards.”

Under this legislation, all licensing boards representing fewer than 15,000 employees would be reduced to five board members. Gutwein 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, his legislation would remove roughly 60 board member positions and could save taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars annually.

Gutwein’s bill would also streamline public safety efforts with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security by merging several existing safety commissions and creating the Governor’s Security Council. The proposal would also dissolve other safety commissions and their duties would be absorbed by other committees under the IDHS.

“Many of these safety commissions have overlapping duties,” Gutwein said. “By focusing their efforts and combining their skills to create one unified taskforce, we can better provide safety for Hoosiers.”

After leading a multi-year effort to eliminate red tape and duplicative reporting in state government, Gutwein worked with Gov. Eric Holcomb on this legislation to ensure Indiana’s government is working efficiently without unnecessary costs to the taxpayer.

House Bill 1269 now moves to the Senate for consideration. 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 Stark counties.

CAPTION: State Rep. Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville) presents his legislation streamlining Indiana licensing boards and safety commissions Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in the House Chamber. Under Gutwein’s proposal, licensing boards representing fewer than 15,000 employees would be reduced to make the boards more efficient and save taxpayer dollars. After receiving unanimous support in the House of Representatives, the bill can now be considered by the Senate.