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