Legislative Alert - Wisconsin Architect License

Legislative Alert

Proposed legislation that would create a new council to make recommendations for the elimination of or modification to state occupational licenses is up for public hearing on Thursday, August 24, at the State Capitol in Madison.

The state license for architects is included in the proposal, which covers any license, permit, certificate or registration granted by the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS).

Action Requested

It is important for you to contact your state legislator.

If you don’t already know your state legislator, please introduce yourself as a constituent and an architect.

  • Explain that you have serious concerns about [Senate Bill 288/Assembly Bill 369] because of the proposal’s potential adverse impact on the future of the profession.
  • Describe what you d every day to build a better, safer and healthier Wisconsin through architecture.
  • Mention that architects have been licensed in Wisconsin since 1917 . . . and that a license is required to practice architecture in all 50 states.
  • Ask legislator to consider your concerns and not support the proposed legislation as drafted.

Your participation in contacting your state legislator about this licensing proposal will make a big difference.

Please let me know if you have any questions . . . and what kind of feedback you get from your legislator.

Information on Legislation

Here is link to information on the proposed deregulation legislation:  2017 Senate Bill 288 /2017 Assembly Bill 369

The joint legislative hearing is being held by the Senate Committee on Public Benefits, Licensing and State-Federal Relations and the Assembly Committee on Regulatory Licensing Reform. The public hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 am in 411 South of the State Capitol.

AIA Wisconsin will present testimony at the hearing.

The proposed new “Occupational License Review Council” would use the following evaluation criteria in developing its recommendations:

  1. Whether the unregulated practice of profession can clearly harm or endanger the health, safety and welfare of the public, with such harm not remote or speculative;
  2. Whether the public reasonably benefits from the license requirements;
  3. Whether the public can be effectively protected by any other less restrictive means;
  4. Analysis of licensure requirements in other states, including educational and reciprocity requirements;
  5. Estimate of the number of individuals or entities affected by license requirements;
  6. Estimate of the total financial burden imposed on individuals, including education costs, examination fees, state license fees and other costs; and
  7. Analysis provided by agency or board administering the occupation license.

The proposal would require the Review Council to submit its recommendations by December 31, 2018, with the resulting legislation to be acted on by the Legislature by June 30, 2019. A similar review of state occupational licenses would be required every ten years.

Deregulation proposals have been introduced in other states. Your leadership on this legislative issue that is vital to the future of your profession!

UPDATE

William Babcock, Hon. AIA, presented testimony on behalf of AIA Wisconsin members at Senate Bill 288 /Assembly Bill 369 Hearing, on August 24, 2017.

AIA Wisconsin members work everyday to create better, safer, healthier and more resilient communities through architecture.

Written Testimony by AIA Wisconsin

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