The SBAC represented the Illinois small business community at a joint event hosted by the National Conference of State Legislatures, National Governors Association and the Council of State Governments. This event, moderated by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, focused on current state policy and practices surrounding occupational licensing.
IDFPR licenses and regulates over 1 million professionals and firms in Illinois including a variety of healthcare related professions such as doctors, nurses, and veterinarian, as well as a variety of occupational professions such as CPAs, barbers, engineers, and detectives.
At the hearing, SBAC member, Paul Detlefs of The Prestwick Group, spoke on the impact of occupational licensing on small businesses. Streamlining, simplifying and clarifying the occupational licensing process, while be responsive to public safety concerns, is a critical issue the SBAC will focus on as part of the 2019 advocacy agenda.