Brian Kemp withdraws effort to consolidate state licensing boards

For the moment, Secretary of State has abandoned his effort to consolidate the state boards that oversee professional licensing.

His sweeping Senate Bill 445 proposed to take authority from Georgia’s 43 licensing boards – peopled by about 300 board members — and to give it to his shrinking staff and a new board of seven people appointed by the governor. It was met with skepticism by licensees from architects to nurses, who wondered how they would be governed by people who don’t know anything about their professions.

Here’s Kemp, from the press release announcing the withdrawal of SB 445:

“Due to time constraints in drafting a compromise and the ability for stakeholder review, it was not realistic to have a final bill drafted by day 30 of the legislative session. Therefore, I have decided to withdraw the bill from consideration during this year’s General Assembly session. Withdrawing the legislation will allow my office to continue to meet in a spirit of cooperation and compromise with all stakeholders so we can produce a bill that addresses the critical needs facing [professional licensing boards] and, most important, the 460,000 licensed Georgians and businesses we serve.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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15 comments Add your comment


February 24th, 2012
12:30 pm

sounds to me like kemp is one of the few people down there trying to do something big to reform that cesspool under the gold dome and he ran smack into the buzz saw of lobbyists and cowards in charge, uh, i mean republicans.


February 24th, 2012
12:38 pm

Well just dang! Now how is Nathan going to pay off those creditors, uh, lobbyist, uh, appointees the money he owes?

Last Man Laying Down

February 24th, 2012
12:42 pm

Secretary Kemp was trying to do something good for the state and its citizens. Unfortunately those with a vested interest and who want to hold on to their power could care less about what’s good for the state and its citizens.


February 24th, 2012
12:53 pm

Is the licensing system broken?

Says who?

If not, why try to fix it?


February 24th, 2012
12:57 pm

A stupid idea bites the dust.
Almost makes it worth tolerating all the stupid ideas that make it to the Governor’s desk.

Road Scholar

February 24th, 2012
1:04 pm


February 24th, 2012
1:13 pm

Something good for the state? Are you serious? This was one of the biggest power grab attempts I have ever seen. Good thing it didn’t work.

Georgia Registered Nurse

February 24th, 2012
1:39 pm

As a registered nurse, I am thankful beyond words that my profession (and the other 42 licensed professions in Georgia) can retain control of the nursing profession. It would not have been a pretty picture having non-nurses in charge of licensing, disciplining and making policy for a profession in which they have never worked a single day. I would never believe that I could participate in the governance of any other profession except the one that I possess credentials for. It is my hope that Kemp abandons this idea and places focus on more imprtant issues.

another sane voice.

February 24th, 2012
1:56 pm

I guess he realized that too many licenced professionals would have voted him out of office for this power grab. It needs to be Peer Review, not Political Good Olde Boy.


February 24th, 2012
2:11 pm

Brian Kemp seems like he has a lot of common sense. Shrinking the size of government saves us tax money. The more I read about Kemp the more I like him.


February 24th, 2012
2:11 pm

This is what i’m talking about. all the industries saying they are the only ones who can regulate themselves. and they bought a bunch of high priced lobbyists who spent millions on legislators to kill any reforms. So the circus goes on at the capitol.


February 24th, 2012
2:24 pm

Thanks for your post, Jon. It shows that you have a lot of common sense, too. If we don’t shrink the size of state/national government, we’ll have folks moving to England in a few years to escape our tax base.


February 24th, 2012
2:32 pm

@ John

Shrinking the size of government just for the sake of it makes no sense. It needs to be done intelligently. I for one don’t want a bunch of people who have never had any medical expertise awarding nursing licenses. That’s a little dangerous.

Capitol Hack

February 24th, 2012
8:59 pm

OK Jon & Bob – notwithstanding your common sense, it is interesting to note that Kemp’s proposal was not to reduce the size of gov’t. The budget crisis has already done that. In fact, all the (VOLUNTEER) boards and their (VOLUNTEER) members would remain, but the work of all those boards would shift to Kemp’s existing staff. I haven’t seen or heard anything to explain how this would reduce his gov’t. staffing which he will tell you is already too lean.


February 24th, 2012
9:10 pm

Kemp didnt quit pursuing this because of the element of time, but because it was a bad idea that the Senate clearly didnt want to do. If it was about time, maybe Kemp should have introduced his legislation earlier than he did.