Louisiana lawmakers yesterday amended House Bill 748
to allow the use of professional certification credentials, like the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine’s (ABEM) CNCT certification for nerve conduction studies (NCSs) in the state. In its original form, the bill would have banned use of the term “certification” issued by credentialing bodies unless the certification was related to a licensure requirement (like a board certification for medical doctors). The amendment removed all such language and, in fact, deleted much of the language in the bill.
The amended bill was then passed by the Louisiana Senate Commerce Committee.
The bill, titled “The Occupational Licensing Review Act,” was intended to increase employment opportunities by loosening licensing requirements for certain jobs, but the bill text was initially worded so as to restrict individuals who hold a voluntary certification from using the term “certified” in their job title.
AANEM was part of a coalition of professional certification organizations that raised concerns with the bill’s sponsor, Louisiana State Rep. Julie Emerson (R), and other state lawmakers, who agreed to remove the certification provision. As a result, the bill was significantly amended prior to consideration in the Senate Commerce Committee this week. The bill now simply reads:
“Pursuant to the authority in this Chapter, the governor shall review on an annual basis not less than twenty percent of the agencies engaged in regulatory and licensing activities. Within five years, the governor shall have reviewed all such agencies.”
The term “certification” has been removed from the bill altogether.
While AANEM’s and the coalition’s concerns have been addressed in the amendment, the amended bill still requires full Senate passage and will require a vote for concurrence on the House floor or be sent into conference.