Morrell has pushed for licensing reform throughout his tenure in the legislature. In 2019, he authored SB 999 to repeal certain licensing requirements in the fields of barbering and cosmetology and in 2017, he authored SB 1155 to waive initial licensing fees for veterans entering the civilian workforce.

“We’re thrilled that the legislature passed Senator Morrell’s SB 601,” said Steven Greenhut, western region director for the R Street Institute, sponsor of the legislation. “By giving a fee break to disaster-hit business owners and workers, the state is sending the right message — that it cares about helping its hard-pressed residents get back on their feet and about creating the right business climate.”

SB 601 unanimously passed both the Senate and Assembly. The governor has until October 13 to sign the bill into law.