2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
June 2, 2017 - Introduced by Senators Kapenga, Darling, Tiffany, Nass,
and Wanggaard, cosponsored by Representatives Hutton,
Nygren, Horlacher, Felzkowski, Sanfelippo, Gannon, Rohrkaste, Kulp,
Brandtjen, Rodriguez, Duchow, Spiros, Murphy, Macco, Tusler,
Thiesfeldt, Neylon, R. Brooks, Tittl and Edming. Referred to Committee on
Public Benefits, Licensing and State-Federal Relations.
1An Act to create
13.0963, 15.407 (19) and 440.023 of the statutes;
2review of and reports concerning occupational licenses.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill creates the Occupational License Review Council. The council is
created in the Department of Safety and Professional Services and consists of the
1. Four members appointed by the governor to serve at the pleasure of the
2. Two members of the senate appointed by the senate majority leader.
3. Two members of the assembly appointed by the speaker of the assembly.
4. The secretary of safety and professional services or his or her designee, who
serves as the council's chair. The secretary or designee is a nonvoting member, except
that he or she may vote in the case of a tie.
The council is required to submit a report by December 31, 2018, to the
governor, the chief of the Legislative Reference Bureau, and the legislature that
includes the council's recommendations for the elimination of occupational licenses
in this state, or the modification of laws and rules governing occupational licenses,
and the reduction or elimination of occupational license continuing and other
education requirements. The council's recommendations for the elimination of
occupational licenses must take into account a number of considerations, including
any statement or analysis provided by the agency or board administering an
occupational license and including an evaluation of whether the unregulated
practice of the profession, occupation, or trade can clearly harm or endanger the
health, safety, or welfare of the public.
Under the bill, the LRB is required to prepare legislation based on the council's
recommendations, and the proposed legislation is required to be introduced without
change and referred to the appropriate standing committee of each house. The
legislature must take final action on the proposed legislation no later than June 30,
2019. The bill provides that a new council convenes every ten years to repeat the
process described above.
Under the bill, for purposes of the council's functions, the term “occupational
license” means any license, permit, certification, registration, or other approval
granted by DSPS or a board under DSPS and any other license, permit, certification,
registration, or approval granted to a person by this state in order that the person
may engage in a profession, occupation, or trade or use one or more titles in
association with his or her profession, occupation, or trade.
This bill also requires the Department of Administration to prepare a report
containing certain information on any bill that is introduced in the legislature that
requires an individual to obtain a license in order to engage in a particular profession
or occupation or that requires that a license be obtained in order for a particular type
of business to be owned or operated. The LRB must submit any bill to which the
requirement applies to DOA, and the report must be distributed before certain
actions are taken on the bill in the legislature.
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
13.0963 of the statutes is created to read:
213.0963 Review of bills creating occupational licenses. (1) Definition. 3
In subs. (2) and (3), “license” includes any permit, certificate, approval, registration, 4
charter, or similar form of permission.
5(2) Report on bills creating occupational licenses.
(a) If any bill that is 6
introduced in either house of the legislature creates a requirement that an individual 7
obtain a license in order to engage in a particular profession or occupation or a 8
requirement that a license be obtained in order for a particular type of business to 9
be owned or operated, the department of administration shall prepare and issue an 10
occupational license report on the bill within 30 business days after it is introduced. 11
The department shall request information from any individual or business that the
department considers likely to be affected by the proposed licensure requirement 2
and shall request a statement or analysis from the agency that would be required to 3
administer the licensure requirement. Individuals, businesses, and agencies shall 4
comply with requests by the department for information that is reasonably 5
necessary for the department to prepare the report. To the greatest extent possible, 6
reports under this section shall be based on the information obtained by the 7
department from individuals, businesses, and agencies under this paragraph.
(b) A bill that requires a report by the department of administration under this 9
section shall have that requirement noted on its jacket when the jacket is prepared. 10
When a bill that requires a report under this section is introduced, the legislative 11
reference bureau shall submit a copy of the bill to the department of administration.
(c) The report prepared under this section shall be printed as an appendix to 13
the applicable bill and shall be distributed in the same manner as amendments. The 14
report shall be distributed before any vote is taken on the bill by either house of the 15
legislature if the bill is not referred to a standing committee, or before any public 16
hearing is held before any standing committee or, if no public hearing is held, before 17
any vote is taken by the committee. The department of administration shall also 18
publish the report on its Internet site.
19(3) Findings to be contained in the report.
The department of administration 20
shall include all of the following in a report prepared under sub. (2):
(a) An evaluation of whether the unregulated practice of the profession, 22
occupation, or business can clearly harm or endanger the health, safety, or welfare 23
of the public, and whether the potential for the harm is recognizable and not remote 24
(b) An evaluation of whether the public can reasonably be expected to benefit 2
from the requirement for the license.
(c) An evaluation of what the least restrictive regulation is that will effectively 4
protect the public, as determined under sub. (4).
(d) An analysis of licensure requirements for that profession, occupation, or 6
business in other states, including educational and reciprocity requirements.
(e) An estimate of the number of individuals or businesses that would be 8
affected by the requirement.
(f) An estimate of the total additional financial burden that will be imposed on 10
an individual or business as a result of the licensure requirement, including 11
education or training costs, examination fees, private credential fees, credential fees 12
imposed by the agency, and other costs that the individual or business will have to 13
incur in order to obtain the license.
(g) Any statement or analysis from the agency that would administer the 15
16(4) Determination of least restrictive regulation.
(a) In this subsection:
1. “Certification” means a voluntary program to which all of the following 18
a. A private organization or the state grants a nontransferable recognition to 20
an individual who meets certain personal qualifications established by the private 21
organization or by law.
b. Upon approval, the individual may use “certified” as a designated title.
c. A noncertified individual may perform the occupation for compensation but 24
may not use the title “certified.”
2. “Occupational license” means a program to which all of the following apply:
a. The state grants a nontransferable authorization to an individual who meets 2
certain personal qualifications established by law in order to perform an occupation 3
b. It is unlawful for an individual who does not possess the requisite 5
authorization to perform the occupation for compensation.
3. “Personal qualifications” means criteria related to an individual's personal 7
background and characteristics, including completion of an approved educational 8
program, satisfactory performance on an examination, work experience, other 9
evidence of attainment of requisite skills or knowledge, moral standing, criminal 10
history, and completion of continuing education.
4. “Registration” means a program to which all of the following apply:
a. It requires an individual to provide notice to the state that may include the 13
individual's name and address, the individual's agent for service of process, the 14
location of the activity to be performed, and a description of the service the individual 15
b. It does not require certain personal qualifications to be satisfied, but may 17
require a bond or insurance.
c. Upon registering, the individual may use “registered” as a designated title.
d. A nonregistered individual may not perform the occupation for 20
compensation or use “registered” as a designated title.
(b) For purposes of sub. (3) (c), “least restrictive regulation” means one of the 22
following, from least restrictive to most restrictive:
1. Market competition.
2. Third-party or consumer-created ratings and reviews.
3. Private certification.