The UOTA government affairs committee has joined efforts with the AOTA/NBCOT to move forward with interstate compact legislation on behalf of Utah occupational therapy. Our lobbyist has secured Senator Gene Davis, of the 3rd District, to write the bill. It will be forthcoming in the 2021 legislative session. Now is the time to contact your own legislators and ask that they support this effort. If you have any questions or would like to be involved, please contact interstate compact sub-committee chair Cortney Roberts @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
1Feb2021—Senator Gene Davis presented the Utah OT Interstate Compact Bill to the Utah Senate’s Economic Development & Workforce Services Committee.
It passed unanimously! Next step—the House!
Dear ASAP and state association leaders,
There has been a trend across the nation over the past few years to reduce overly burdensome licensure requirements – over the last three years, at least 2,018 pieces of legislation relating to occupational licensing were considered by state legislatures in all 50 states. As you may recall, there has been an ongoing project under the combined efforts of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), National Governor’s Association (NGA), and the Council of State Governments (CSG) to look at occupational licensing. The three organizations published a report in 2017 “The State of Occupational Licensing” and convened a National Occupational Licensing Learning Consortium comprised of 11 states (this was later expanded to 16 states).
A final report has been released following the occupational licensing learning consortium – the report:
- Provides an overview of state policy options, at the executive, legislative, and board levels – includes policy examples on occupational regulation ranging from broad, structural changes in overall licensing regulation to a smaller and targeted approach aimed at reducing barriers for a certain occupation or population;
- Does a deep dive into challenges and practices to promote policy change in states – provides some of the challenges teams faced in moving policy or implementing regulatory changes; and
- Highlights the goals and progress the consortium states made during the project – of note, there is a profile on each of the 11 original consortium states with initial goals, victories, and what’s next.
The original 11 consortium states and the states that are profiled are: Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Nevada, Utah, and Wisconsin.
The breakdown of the report with an overview can be found here: https://www.ncsl.org/research/labor-and-employment/occupational-licensing-final-report-assessing-state-policies-and-practices637425196.aspx?utm_source=National+Conference+of+State+Legislatures&utm_campaign=5382b1fcc9-Licensing_Dec9&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1716623089-5382b1fcc9-377870028
The full report can be found here: https://www.ncsl.org/Portals/1/Documents/Labor/NCSL_DOL_Report_05_web_REVISED.pdf
AOTA will continue to monitor these licensure and regulatory reform proposals.
Please let us know if you have any questions!
Manager, State Affairs
American Occupational Therapy Association
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929