Legislative Highlights from 5/11/20
HB 422/ Emerson – Apprentice bill – bill was amended to make it permissive and not a requirement of boards to offer apprenticeship
HB 498 / Emerson – fee and license cost waiver/payment plan – amendments adopted to reduce hardships on boards
HB 613 / Owens – military reciprocity – amendments adopted allowed for temporary permits and the scope language has satisfied folks whom were opposed
HCR 71 / Speaker Schexnayder – suspends license fees on businesses – this bill requires licensing boards to not charge license fees until the adjournment of the 2021 session next on June 10th. There was heavy opposition to this bill but the speaker was given the ability to move it to the floor. The purpose is stated to give relief following Covid. There has not been a fiscal not issued but undoubtedly it will hinder licensing boards.
HB 622/ Emerson – universal licensing – this bill was voluntarily deferred and likely not coming back this session. I’ll let you know otherwise