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January 2015 Policy Study, Number 15-2

   

SEA 421 Report: Establishing A Process For Self-Certification Registration

   

Conclusions about Public Policy & Future Legislation

   

 

This report achieved its objective of establishing a process for implementing SCR as a means of occupational regulation in Indiana.  Although not by design, this report also reveals practical conclusions about state economic and social policy. A few of these key findings include the following:

 

  • Public policy initiatives are more likely to garner bipartisan support if their aim is to achieve one or more of the following objectives: grow a stronger middle class, reduce unemployment, provide opportunities for mobility, reduce prices to consumers, and increase job and entrepreneurial opportunities.

 

With respect to occupational licensing specifically, bipartisan support can be achieved by pursuing one or more of the following public policy objectives: increase access to professional services, reduce prices for professional services, increase the availability of information about service providers, increase choices for consumers, and minimize the potential risk of poor professional services – especially risks to disadvantaged consumers. Also, less restrictive means of regulating entities is available and should be pursued.[66]

 

Finally, legislators who participated in this study agree that pursuing legislation to authorize a SCR structure would be a worthwhile endeavor.[67] As such, this report should prove resourceful as stakeholders author legislation that could transform the occupational licensing landscape.

 

   

 

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