Skip to content

Occupational Licensing Reform

Why Occupational Licensing Needs Reform

Occupational licenses are issued to protect the public’s health, safety and welfare. The number of required licenses in Illinois has grown from a handful in the 1950’s to over 430 today.

Policymakers across the political spectrum are challenging states to examine occupational licensing and its impact on reducing competition, increasing costs, exclusion from a multitude of occupations, and harming local economies. Occupational licensing reform expands economic opportunity without sacrificing public safety.

Problems with the Current System

Anti-Competitive: Many Licensing boards create unnecessary educational and training requirements that limit entrance to occupation.

Lack of Uniform Standards and Transparency: Every license comes with its own educational requirements, fees and disciplinary structure. There are no uniform standards and little transparency. Requirements may not match the skills needed in today’s world. Fees and fines may not relate to the occupation’s economic opportunities or serve to protect the public.

Portability and Social Justice: Lack of license portability between states serves as a barrier to people wanting to move to Illinois. Prior criminal and professional disciplinary records regardless of the relevancy of the violation can automatically disqualify an applicant.

Employment is the single biggest factor in reducing recidivism. We are needlessly keeping people from good paying jobs.

What are the Solutions?

Meaningful Sunset and Sunrise Reviews:

Establish meaningful Sunset and Sunrise review procedures to repeal needless licenses and prevent unnecessary licenses from being enacted. Colorado, Texas, Florida and Washington have enacted meaningful Sunset and Sunrise laws.

Require Sensible Standards, Transparency, and Pro-Economic Behavior:

Work to eliminate anti-competitive licensing regulations that restrict the number of licenses granted or encroach on competing occupations. Establish standard and fair fee and disciplinary structures for all licensed occupations. Create a public portal to increase transparency and ease of application.

Encourage Interstate Mobility and Portability:

Eliminate occupational barriers for people who want to move to Illinois. Arizona and New Jersey enacted laws to recognize professional and occupational licenses from other states. Other states are following suit.

Social justice Reform:

Curtail license denials based on irrelevant or long-past criminal records.

Archives

Please translate this page to the language of your choice.

BIG Legislation for Small Businesses

By mrevis@sbacil.org | March 16, 2021

READ H.B 1860 HERE READ S.B 1982 HERE BIG LEGISLATION FOR SMALL BUSINESSES President Biden has signed The American Rescue Plan Act (H.R 1319) into law.  Accordingly, the State of Illinois is expected to receive $7.549 billion in funds to foster recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. A robust coalition of small business advocates are asking that…

Business Interruption Grant Program

By mrevis@sbacil.org | February 15, 2021

IL – Many small and local businesses were devastated by the pandemic but only 20% of applicants received Illinois Business Interruption Grants.  Watch coverage of SBAC President Elliot Richardson testifying before the Illinois Senate Commerce Commission about the need for an improved and more inclusive process in the future.   Please translate this page to…

Legislation to Help Black Owned Businesses Receive a Fair Share of State Contracts

By mrevis@sbacil.org | January 8, 2021

READ H.B 2629 HERE TAKE ACTION Black Owned Businesses Deserve Access to Government Contracts Illinois has failed Black and African American owned businesses by failing to provide them access to state contracts.  For too long, they have been denied a fair share of state contracts and revenue.  Legislation has been filed to ensure Black and…

Property Tax Reform Platform

By patti@sbacil.org | December 1, 2020

The state of Illinois has the second highest property taxes in the nation. Illinois has 6,918 local units of government as of the latest Census Bureau data, more than any state in the nation. Redundant government entities and a flawed assessment model contribute disproportionately high property taxes. The Small Business Advocacy proposes the following reforms…

Scroll To Top