Occupational License Fees must be approved by the Legislature

 Occupational License Fees must be approved by the Legislature

S.107 would prohibit executive boards from unilaterally imposing occupational licensing fees. Instead occupational licensing fees would be recommend by the appropriate board and then approved by the General Assembly in state law. This bill touches on two different issues; separation of powers, and occupational licensing. S.107 better addresses the former issue by moving a large amount of revenue generating authority from executive agencies to the legislature where it belongs. As for Occupational licensing, a better reform would be to eliminate these fees altogether which harm both consumers and workers. However, transferring authorization of these fees to the legislature may at least engender some debate on their merits, and therefore have the beneficial effect of reducing or eliminating some fees.

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