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Committee Reviewing State's Licensing System

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A panel of business and industry leaders began a process Thursday of reviewing hundreds of professions licensed by Indiana. 

The committee will help lawmakers potentially overhaul the state’s licensing system.

The number of licensed professionals in Indiana – such as accountants, barbers, plumbers, and veterinarians – has increased 38 percent in the past ten years.  There are more than 30 licensing boards and more than 230 licenses.  Legislation passed this year created the Job Creation Committee under the Professional Licensing Agency.  Executive Director Nick Rhoad says the committee will investigate each licensed profession over the next three years.

“What the Indiana General Assembly has asked us to do is that they have turned to consumers, they have turned to industry leaders, and they have turned to practitioners in the environment and are asking the experts that are out there in the field every day, ‘What should the proper lanes be for the regulatory environment,’” says Rhoad.

He says the review process won’t just be about evaluating whether a profession should be licensed; he says it’s also about helping the Professional Licensing Agency.

“We are still regulating in a way that we have maybe in the ‘90s but people don’t practice the way they did in the ‘90s," says Rhoad.  "So we’re hopeful that we can find a more efficient way to continue to provide outstanding customer service to the one out of every seven working Hoosiers who are licensed by this agency.”

Rhoad stresses that while the committee will provide recommendations to lawmakers, only the General Assembly can eliminate the requirement that a profession be licensed. 

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.