COLUMBUS—State Senators Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson) and Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) today held a press conference announcing plans for new legislation that would enhance Ohio’s economic competitiveness by ensuring Ohio boards and commissions recognize occupational licenses established in other states.
"We’re always looking for ways to make Ohio more appealing to trained workers and creating opportunities for businesses in our state,” said Roegner. “This legislation recognizes that licensed workers in other states do not lose their skillsets simply by crossing the state line and moving to Ohio.”
Under this proposal, out-of-state occupational licenses, such as those belonging to security guards, EMTs and truck drivers could be recognized in Ohio provided certain conditions are met. An individual must be in good standing in their profession, have a proficient level of work experience and meet the minimum educational requirements.
The Senate has made it a priority to eliminate unnecessary regulations for job creators. Earlier this General Assembly, the Senate passed Senate Bill 1, sponsored by Senators Roegner and McColley, which would eliminate outdated, unnecessary government red tape and bring Ohio’s regulatory environment more in-line with national averages.
This bill will be another step the Ohio Senate is taking in an effort to strengthen the state's economy and remove unnecessary roadblocks to Ohioans trying to earn a living.
"Policies that are good for the working men and women in Ohio make our state a better place to do business," said McColley. "This is yet another effort to reduce regulations and help Ohio businesses attract much-needed talent."
The idea mirrors legislation recently passed in Arizona and Pennsylvania.