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Rep. Readshaw appointed to committee to review the state's licensing practices


December 19, 2017

Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, has been appointed to a special committee designed to examine the state’s licensing practices.

Mr. Readshaw, the Democratic chairman of the House Professional Licensure Committee, will now serve on the Advisory Committee of the Review of State Professional and Occupational Licensure Board Requirements and Processes. The committee is tasked with conducting research, collecting data and the formatting of reports regarding professional licensing requirements throughout the Commonwealth compared to bordering states and national standards.

“I’m hoping this committee appointment and my experience as Democratic chairman of the House Professional Licensure Committee will shed light on the Commonwealth’s licensing practices and what can be done to improve our standards,” Rep. Readshaw said.

The report produced from this committee will provide Pennsylvania boards and commissions with an additional strategy to promote and implement the necessary changes to further modernize operations, while also aiding the state representative and others in removing potentially burdensome licensing requirements, excessive fees and strict criminal history requirements that may create unnecessary barriers for residents who wish to enter the job market.

This committee is the result of an executive order signed by Gov. Tom Wolf on Oct. 25, which sets in motion a review of professional licensing in Pennsylvania.


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