JEFFERSON CITY, Mon .– After passing a massive License Reform Act in 2020, Rep. Derek Grier continued his licensing reform efforts at that session.

Griers HB 479 began expanding licensing reciprocity laws in Missouri to cover military-issued licenses, but expanded to include broader licensing reforms during the General Assembly. It was really approved and finally passed last week without any objection in the House.

Grier said the underlying bill was inspired by conversations with Veterans and members of the armed forces who have had difficulty finding work after their service.

“It can often be very difficult for them to find a job after they retire from the military, and one of the particular reasons was that their specialty training is not always recognized or that they have to do a lot of dual training,” Grier told the Missouri Times. “We passed the most comprehensive regulatory reform in the country last year, so we felt it made sense to recognize military training when it correlates with a professional license.”

The final version of the bill contains a variety of provisions covering everything from licenses for pesticide dealers to occupational therapists. Dietitiansand architects.

Grier has become a nationally recognized expert on license reciprocity: His HB 2046, what was signed into law in the past year allowed people who hold professional licenses in other states or Washington, DC. to get an equal license for certain jobs in Missouri.

The bill also introduced the Fresh Start Act and the Expanded Workforce Act, which prohibit professional licensing authorities from denying licenses based on criminal history, with the exception of violent or sexual crimes or crimes directly related to the licensed profession.

Grier spoke to lawmakers across the country and appeared on a call to the White House on the licensing reform last year, the use of four years of research and the demonstration of his knowledge at the national level.

“Removing labor barriers is my top priority in the legislation,” he said. “We are setting an example of how to do things across the country, and other states are now following suit. If you speak to our professional registration department, they will tell you that this is already having a massive impact. Hundreds of people are already affected and there will be thousands in the future. “

He found that licensing is a complex topic. He began an effort to align Missouri with other states’ guidelines on sign language interpreters – which must be licensed in Missouri but not in other states. He said the community was against the change and caused him to redirect his efforts elsewhere.

With massive reform laws on his résumé, Grier said the work was far from over.

“I think there is still a lot to be done to get rid of some of the protectionist strategies that are supposed to make it harder for competitors to get into work. The more we can do to break down these barriers, the more we can focus on the purpose of a professional license, ”he said. “Missouri is making tremendous strides. We are setting an example for the rest of the country and I look forward to moving these reforms forward. “

Cameron Gerber studied journalism at Lincoln University. Prior to Lincoln, he earned an associate degree from State Fair Community College. Cameron is from Eldon, Missouri.

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