Rep. Vick’s bipartisan legislation to ease occupational licensing regulations set for public hearing

Five bipartisan bills introduced by Rep. Brandon Vick to help increase job growth in Washington are scheduled for a public hearing on Monday. The bills are aimed at making occupational licensing easier for individuals to pursue their desired careers and get licensed in Washington if required.

“I'm excited to bring these important bills to the table this session. This is a bipartisan effort to give our citizens the ability to pursue their chosen careers and move forward in society and life,” said Vick, R-Vancouver. “We need to remove the obstacles the state has put in place when it comes to occupational licensing.”

Vick is sponsoring House Bills 1399, 1400, 1401, 1402, and 1403, which are scheduled to be heard in the Consumer Protection and Business Committee (CPBC) Feb. 8 at 1:30 p.m. Rep. Steve Kirby, D-Tacoma, who chairs the CPBC, is co-sponsoring each of these bills.

“This legislation is designed to help all Washingtonians, regardless of their political beliefs,” said Vick. “I'm proud to have worked closely with Chair Kirby to come up with these sensible solutions that would simplify the occupational licensing process in our state.”

Vick, who is the lead Republican on the CPBC, says the bills would help increase job growth in Washington.

“The state already has more than two-dozen regulatory agencies, and each year these agencies add hundreds, or even thousands, of new rules, policies, and penalties,” said Vick. “This kind of regulation slows job growth.

“I've heard from numerous constituents who have faced too many obstacles trying to get licensed in Washington. It's time for state agencies to reset their priorities to help our friends and neighbors get to work.”

The 2021 session began on Jan. 11 and is scheduled to run for 105 consecutive days.

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