The universal recognition of the professional license defended by the Buckeye Institute will open Ohio’s doors to the skilled Open

06/09/2021


Columbus, OH – On Wednesday the Buckeye Institute testified (see full text below or download PDF) Before the Ohio Senate Higher Education and Workforce Committee on the guidelines of Senate Act 131, which provides universal recognition of professional licenses for individuals moving to Ohio.

In his testimony, Greg R. Lawson, a research fellow at the Buckeye Institute, stated that Senate Bill 131 on the Buckeye-inspired Senate Bill 7 and that military families aren’t the only professionals suffering as they try to make Ohio their home. “The current Ohio professional licensing regime prevents many trained, licensed professionals from pursuing careers here,” noted Lawson, pointing out that Buckeye research found that “high fees and training requirements reduce job growth by 20 percent”.

Lawson then went on to outline the solution to Ohio’s unnecessarily onerous professional licensing regime:universal recognition of the professional permit. Notice that “[w]Potential Ohioans with similar licenses in good standing should not pay additional fees or take expensive, unnecessary courses that no longer qualify or qualify them for their jobs. ”Lawson stressed that Senate Bill 131″ Eliminates Employment Barriers, Ohio For Licensed Professionals. ” Would make ‘more open to business’ yet protect public health and safety by ensuring that all required Ohio-specific knowledge is acquired and demonstrated. “

Lawson urged lawmakers to follow the example of the Arizona, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Utah and to accept the general recognition of the professional license.

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Open Ohio’s doors with a professional license reform

Statement from an interested party
Ohio Senate Committee on Higher Education and the Labor Force
Senate Act 131

Greg R. Lawson, Research Fellow
The Buckeye Institute
June 9, 2021

As prepared for delivery

Thank you, Chairman Johnson, Vice Chairman Cirino, Ranking Member Williams, and members of the committee for the opportunity to testify on Senate Act 131.

My name is Greg R. Lawson. I am a research fellow at the Buckeye Institute, an independent research and educational institution – a think tank – whose mission is to advance market economy policies in the United States.

In many ways, Senate Bill 131 builds on the guidelines passed last year Inspired by the Buckeye Institute Senate Bill 7, which gives spouses of active duty military personnel relocating to Ohio recognition of their valid foreign professional licenses. This recognition of common sense enables the transferred spouse to continue working in Ohio in their chosen occupation. The Buckeye Institute supported Senate Bill 7 and supports Senate Bill 131.

Professional licensing laws especially put a strain on military families when they move around the country, but they’re not the only professionals to suffer as they try to make Ohio their home. Ohio’s current professional licensing system prevents many trained, licensed professionals from pursuing their careers here. Arduous licensing requirements require already licensed workers to seek permission from Ohio to earn a living.

Like the Buckeye Institute in. explained Success Banned: How Licensing Laws Restrain Ohioans, high fees and training requirements reduce employment growth in a profession by 20 percent because prospective workers who cannot afford to join remain unemployed or underemployed. And Professor Morris Kleiner, who holds the AFL-CIO Chair in Labor Policy at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs testified that he and Alan Krueger, former head of President Obama’s economic advisor, calculated that licensing laws cost between half a percent and one percent of jobs nationwide in 2010.

More recently, Dr. Kleiner and his co-author estimated Ohio has lost more than 67,000 total jobs – the average annual job growth in Ohio – due to professional licenses. And for a good reason. Occupational restrictions make Ohio less competitive, less wealthy, and less attractive to business owners and their employees – tell skilled workers that your skills and education are insufficient here. For example, imagine that an Ohio HVAC contractor must have five years of experience before they can be licensed here, but Michigan and Kentucky only take three and four years, respectively. Meanwhile, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and Pennsylvania have no state HVAC licenses at all, instead relying on local regulations.

Such differences in licensing understandably contribute to Ohio’s persistent emigration problems. In poll after poll, Ohio is still one of the Top ten States with the most emigration, an exodus that now cost Ohio another congressional seat. A change in the professional admission regime will help reverse this trend.

in the Universal Licensing Reciprocity: How to Welcome Workers to Ohio Welcome and a related one One-pager, The Buckeye Institute praised the benefits of the universal recognition of Senate Bill 131 Professional License, which will make it easier for people with similar foreign licenses to start or continue their careers in Ohio. Wannabe Ohioans with similar licenses in good standing should not pay additional fees or take expensive, redundant courses that no longer qualify or enable them to do their jobs. Instead, Senate Bill 131 would remove barriers to employment, make Ohio “more open to business” to licensed professionals, while still protecting public health and safety by ensuring that all Ohio-specific skills are acquired and demonstrated.

Ohio wouldn’t be the first state to accept universal recognition. Arizona, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Utah have already passed laws that enable universal, unilateral license recognition. Ohio should follow suit.

This committee has reduced the number of permits previously imposed on employees and introduced the procedure for reviewing professional authorization in accordance with Senate Act 255 – also defended from the Buckeye Institute. Senate Act 131 license recognition builds on these important efforts and will help Ohio by helping aspiring Ohio workers pursue their careers and professions here.

Thanks for your time and attention. I am available to answer questions from the committee.

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