On November 20, the Senate Committee on Public Benefits, Licensing and State-Federal-Relations held a public hearing on Senate Bill 541 relating to reports on bills requiring occupational licenses. The bill would require the Department of Safety and Professional Services to prepare a report on any bill introduced in the legislature pertaining to occupational licensure to assess its requirements. Bill author, Sen. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield), said that this bill can help address barriers with workers getting employed. "There's policy experts from across the political spectrum, they've identified that [there] is a dramatic increase in licensed professions [which is a] primary issue facing workers today." Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) questioned if this legislation would affect the safety of those involved with the occupation. Sen. Kapenga assured that this bill only deals with new occupational licensure proposals and would allow the proponents of new occupational licenses to make their case on their perceived safety risks, then that would be reviewed, given a recommendation, and then the legislature would make the final decision.

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Gary Goetz

Most occupational licenses are more about protect the existing businesses than any safety for the public.

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