Understanding Architectural Legislation in Your State

Deregulation has been a hot topic over the past few years, especially regarding competition and mobility within licensed professions. NCARB has been working hard to help our state licensing boards maintain a balance between opening new doors into the profession and protecting the public’s health, safety, and welfare through reasonable regulation—including offering new alternative paths to licensure and NCARB certification, and expanding reciprocal licensure opportunities.

Although no legislation is aimed at architecture specifically, here are several proposed pieces of legislation that could impact the practice of architecture along with other professions in your state:

  • Arizona—Pending in the Senate Commerce and Public Safety Committee, Senate Bill 1184 would allow out-of-state architects to apply for and receive temporary licensure within 30 days, provided their home state is also a member of the agreement.
  • Idaho—Lieutenant Governor Brad Little issued an Executive Order that requested every occupational licensing board in the state evaluate their relevance in their respective professions and suggest reductions in barriers to licensure.
  • Louisiana—Introduced earlier this month, House Bill 372 would establish active supervision of occupational licensing boards. Intended to ensure that occupational licensing boards will avoid liability under federal antitrust laws, this additional layer of bureaucracy could delay items such as licensure applications, disciplinary actions, and other board actions. Similarly, the Occupational Licensing Review Act (House Bill 748) would authorize the office of the governor to review the state’s occupational regulations and recommend revisions to the legislature resulting in the least restrictive form of regulations.
    In addition, “The Right to Earn a Living Act” (Senate Bill 504) would require regulatory boards to review all regulations annually—ensuring their rules fulfill legitimate public health, safety, or welfare objectives—and explain why the regulation is necessary.
  • Missouri—A proposed bill (House Bill 2398) would allow out-of-state architects to apply for temporary licensure, provided their home state is also a member of the agreement.
  • Nebraska—Recently enacted, Legislative Bill 299 establishes the Nebraska Office of Supervision of Occupational Boards, giving it the authority to review, approve, or reject any proposed rule, policy, or action by the Board of Engineers and Architects.
  • New Hampshire—A proposed bill (Senate Bill 334) would allow a 120-day temporary license to an individual currently licensed to practice architecture in any U.S. state or the District of Columbia. Recently, this bill passed the Senate and was sent to the House Committee on Executive Departments and Administration.

In addition to these, similar proposed bills recently failed to pass in Florida, Kentucky, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and West Virginia.

Curious about legislative activity in your state? Let us know in the comments!