House Bill 1596
Prime Sponsor: Rep. Mark Gillen
Amends Title 51 (Military Affairs) in professional and occupational licenses, further providing for retention of licenses and certifications of persons entering military service by including persons licensed by the Department of Agriculture.
House Bill 64
Prime Sponsor: Rep. Harry Readshaw
Amends an act empowering the General Counsel to issue subpoenas for certain licensing board activities, permitting individuals under the purview of the Bureau of Professional and Occupations Affairs Act to accrue continuing education credits in credit carryover.
House Bill 1172
Prime Sponsor: Rep. Dave Hickernell
Amends an act entitled "An act empowering the General Counsel or his designee to issue subpoenas for certain licensing board activities; providing for hearing examiners in the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs; providing additional powers to the Commissioner of Professional and Occupational Affairs; and further providing for civil penalties and license suspension" providing for licensure by endorsement.
The bill establishes that a licensing board or commission shall issue a license, certificate, registration or permit to an applicant to allow practice in this commonwealth if, upon application to the licensing board, the applicant satisfies all of the following conditions: holds a current license, certificate, registration or permit from another state, territory or country and the licensing board or commission determines that state's, territory's or country's requirements are substantially equivalent to or exceed the requirements established in this commonwealth; demonstrates competency in the profession through methods determined by the licensing board; has not committed any act that constitutes grounds for refusal, suspension or revocation of a license; is in good standing and has not been disciplined by the issuing jurisdiction; and pays any fees established by the board or commission.
House Bill 1477
Prime Sponsor: Rep. Sheryl Delozier
Amends Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses), in criminal history record information, establishing that criminal convictions shall not automatically preclude the issuance of a license, certificate, registration or permit by a licensing agency. The legislation establishes that licensing bodies may refuse, suspend or revoke any license on the basis that the crime directly relates to the occupation for which certification is sought, or that an individualized assessment of the relation of the conviction to the applicant's overall suitability to engage in the profession for which the permit is sought.