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2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
October 31, 2019 - Introduced by Senators Kapenga, Craig, Darling, Kooyenga,
Stroebel and L. Taylor, cosponsored by Representatives Hutton, Dittrich,
Gundrum, Horlacher, Knodl, Kulp, Murphy, Novak, Skowronski, Sortwell,
Tusler and Thiesfeldt. Referred to Committee on Public Benefits, Licensing
and State-Federal Relations.
SB541,1,2 1An Act to create 13.0963 of the statutes; relating to: reports on bills requiring
2occupational licenses.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires the Department of Safety and Professional Services 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 Legislative
Reference Bureau must submit any bill to which the requirement applies to DSPS,
and the report must be distributed before certain actions are taken on the bill in the
legislature.
Under the bill, the report prepared by DSPS must include, among other
information, all of the following: 1) an evaluation of the potential for the unregulated
practice of the profession or occupation to harm the public; 2) an evaluation of
whether the public can reasonably be expected to benefit from requiring the
profession or occupation to be licensed; 3) an evaluation of what is the least
restrictive regulation, as defined in the bill, of the profession or occupation that
would effectively protect the public; 4) an analysis of licensure requirements for the
profession or occupation in other states; and 5) an estimate of the total additional
financial burden that will be imposed on an individual or business involved in the
profession or occupation as a result of the license requirement.

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:
SB541,1 1Section 1 . 13.0963 of the statutes is created to read:
SB541,2,3 213.0963 Review of bills creating occupational licenses. (1) Definitions.
3(a) In this section, “agency” has the meaning given in s. 13.172 (1).
SB541,2,54 (b) In subs. (2) and (3), “license” includes any permit, certificate, approval,
5registration, charter, or similar form of permission.
SB541,2,20 6(2) Report on bills creating occupational licenses. (a) If any bill that is
7introduced in either house of the legislature creates a requirement that an individual
8obtain a license in order to engage in a particular profession or occupation or a
9requirement that a license be obtained in order for a particular type of business to
10be owned or operated, the department of safety and professional services shall
11prepare and issue an occupational license report on the bill within 30 business days
12after it is introduced. The department shall request information from any individual
13or business that the department considers likely to be affected by the proposed
14licensure requirement and, if a different agency would be required to administer the
15licensure requirement, the department shall request a statement or analysis from
16that agency. Individuals, businesses, and agencies shall comply with requests by the
17department for information that is reasonably necessary for the department to
18prepare the report. To the greatest extent possible, reports under this section shall
19be based on the information obtained by the department from individuals,
20businesses, and agencies under this paragraph.
SB541,3,5
1(b) A bill that requires a report by the department of safety and professional
2services under this section shall have that requirement noted on its jacket when the
3jacket is prepared. When a bill that requires a report under this section is
4introduced, the legislative reference bureau shall submit a copy of the bill to the
5department of safety and professional services.
SB541,3,126 (c) The report prepared under this section shall be printed as an appendix to
7the applicable bill and shall be distributed in the same manner as amendments. The
8report shall be distributed before any vote is taken on the bill by either house of the
9legislature if the bill is not referred to a standing committee, or before any public
10hearing is held before any standing committee or, if no public hearing is held, before
11any vote is taken by the committee. The department of safety and professional
12services shall also publish the report on its Internet site.
SB541,3,15 13(3) Findings to be contained in the report. The department of safety and
14professional services shall include all of the following in a report prepared under sub.
15(2):
SB541,3,1916 (a) An evaluation of whether the unregulated practice of the profession,
17occupation, or business can clearly harm or endanger the health, safety, or welfare
18of the public, and whether the potential for the harm is recognizable and not remote
19or speculative.
SB541,3,2120 (b) An evaluation of whether the public can reasonably be expected to benefit
21from the requirement for the license.
SB541,3,2322 (c) An evaluation of what the least restrictive regulation is that will effectively
23protect the public, as determined under sub. (4).
SB541,3,2524 (d) An analysis of licensure requirements for that profession, occupation, or
25business in other states, including educational and reciprocity requirements.
SB541,4,2
1(e) An estimate of the number of individuals or businesses that would be
2affected by the requirement.
SB541,4,73 (f) An estimate of the total additional financial burden that will be imposed on
4an individual or business as a result of the licensure requirement, including
5education or training costs, examination fees, private credential fees, credential fees
6imposed by the agency, and other costs that the individual or business will have to
7incur in order to obtain the license.
SB541,4,98 (g) Any statement or analysis from the department or the agency that would
9administer the licensure requirement.
SB541,4,10 10(4) Determination of least restrictive regulation. (a) In this subsection:
SB541,4,1211 1. “Certification” means a voluntary program to which all of the following
12apply:
SB541,4,1513 a. A private organization or the state grants a nontransferable recognition to
14an individual who meets certain personal qualifications established by the private
15organization or by law.
SB541,4,1616 b. Upon approval, the individual may use “certified” as a designated title.
SB541,4,1817 c. A noncertified individual may perform the occupation for compensation but
18may not use the title “certified.”
SB541,4,1919 2. “Occupational license” means a program to which all of the following apply:
SB541,4,2220 a. The state grants a nontransferable authorization to an individual who meets
21certain personal qualifications established by law in order to perform an occupation
22for compensation.
SB541,4,2423 b. It is unlawful for an individual who does not possess the requisite
24authorization to perform the occupation for compensation.
SB541,5,5
13. “Personal qualifications” means criteria related to an individual's personal
2background and characteristics, including completion of an approved educational
3program, satisfactory performance on an examination, work experience, other
4evidence of attainment of requisite skills or knowledge, moral standing, criminal
5history, and completion of continuing education.
SB541,5,66 4. “Registration” means a program to which all of the following apply:
SB541,5,107 a. It requires an individual to provide notice to the state that may include the
8individual's name and address, the individual's agent for service of process, the
9location of the activity to be performed, and a description of the service the individual
10provides.
SB541,5,1211 b. It does not require certain personal qualifications to be satisfied, but may
12require a bond or insurance.
SB541,5,1313 c. Upon registering, the individual may use “registered” as a designated title.
SB541,5,1514 d. A nonregistered individual may not perform the occupation for
15compensation or use “registered” as a designated title.
SB541,5,1716 (b) For purposes of sub. (3) (c), “least restrictive regulation” means one of the
17following, from least restrictive to most restrictive:
SB541,5,1818 1. Market competition.
SB541,5,1919 2. Third-party or consumer-created ratings and reviews.
SB541,5,2020 3. Private certification.
SB541,5,2121 4. A specific private civil cause of action to remedy consumer harm.
SB541,5,2322 5. The designation of an unfair trade practice or method of competition in
23business.
SB541,5,2524 6. The regulation of the process of providing the specific goods or services to
25consumers.
SB541,6,1
17. An inspection requirement.
SB541,6,22 8. A bonding or insurance requirement.
SB541,6,33 9. A registration requirement.
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