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Occupational Licensing Reform

Occupational Licensing Reform

Occupational licenses are often necessary to protect the safety, health, and welfare of the public. However, when these licenses are revisited by legislators, it is important they have accurate and unbiased information before determining whether and how to maintain such a license.

Regulatory Sunset Review - HB5576

This legislation amends the Regulatory Sunset Act to require the existing sunset report process collects and provides comprehensive and specific information about the need for licensure, the licensing process, and the equity concerns arising from personal qualifications, such as the cost of training and continuing education and whether such requirements are suitably addressing public safety. The bill provides guidance for the report’s recommendations of modifications to licensing rules that will lower barriers for applicants but still address genuine public safety concerns, including a list of regulatory tools other than licensure, like registration or certification, disclosures, or insurance requirements. The bill does not usurp legislators' ability to make the final determination regarding a license.

License Information Task Force - HB5575

This legislation creates a task force that includes representatives from low- and middle-income licensed occupations along with a mix of academics, advocates, administrators, and legislators. The goal of the task force is to collect, centralize, and analyze data from IDFPR about low- and middle-income licensed occupations and evaluate licenses using an equity and access lens. The legislation provides that a final report will be published and provided to the General Assembly with recommendations about increasing equity and economic opportunity. With this comprehensive information, legislators can target reform efforts to preserve public safety while removing unnecessary requirements.

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NRC Events This Week

By jake@sbacil.org | July 25, 2022

We Are Coming to Your Neighborhood! The Neighborhood Revitalization Coalition will be at local events this week promoting our robust agenda to revitalize, empower, and connect Cook County business districts! Here is a link to our Calendar:  NRC Calendar | SBAC We will be attending the following events: Logan Square Farmers Market 3107 W Logan…

NRC This Weekend: Hyde Park Farmers Market July 24th

By jake@sbacil.org | July 22, 2022

Come join us this Sunday! Come join the Neighborhood Revitalization Coalition this Sunday at the Hyde Park Farmers Market! We will be at the market promoting the NRC’s robust agenda and talking to the amazing community of Hyde Park.   Information for the event is below. We hope to see you there!     Hyde…

SBAC/BSM Town Hall This Saturday!

By jake@sbacil.org | July 10, 2022

*Heading* The Small Business Advocacy Council in partnership with Building Strong Millennials is hosting a town hall at the Kroc Center this Saturday!   Event Info:  The Kroc Center  1250 West 119th Street Chicago, Illinois 60643 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM    If you’re interested in learning more about commercial vacancies, how to start a…

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