[r90] To License or Not To License? (10/22/2009)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Start Date: 10/22/2009 All Day
End Date: 10/22/2009
Dear friends,

You have enough on your plate right now. You don't need government interfering with your work or family any more than it has to in order to keep you safe and free.

That's why, as your state representative, I am constantly looking for ways that we can shrink state spending and stay out of your wallet. As we get ready for the regular 2010 session to start, we convene committees periodically during the fall to hash out certain issues. That way, we're ready to go with legislation in January. This year, one of my committees was the Professional Licensing Study Committee.

This committee was charged with studying all of the boards that regulate occupations or professions under the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency, or IPLA. The IPLA currently oversees 38 boards and commissions, 211 types of licenses, and more than 42,000 active Hoosier licensees.

 Last week, we discussed eliminating, merging or reassigning the duties of nine different professional boards and committees, like merging the State Board of Barber Examiners into the State Board of Cosmetology, for example.

Eliminating and merging these boards is a way to shrink government. Instead of having separate offices and a separate budget for each committee, operations can be streamlined for maximum efficiency.  There is no need to license hypnotists, for example. Doing so is just another form of taxation, and it's my goal to wipe out such unnecessary bureaucracy.  Other reasons to eliminate licensure for a particular profession might be lack of consumer demand. In the past three years, zero complaints have been filed about hypnotists. Forty-six other states do not license them. So what's the point?

If you are interested in hearing more about the professions and licenses that were discussed on Oct. 15, I would encourage you to visit http://www.in.gov/legislative/interim/committee/plsc.html. Here you will be able to find minutes and a video of the meeting when they are available.

Now is the time of year when ideas are coming together and being drafted into legislation. If you have comments about this or any other issue, please call my office at 1-800-382-9841.

Sincerely,

State Rep. Mike Murphy