From Orange County Breeze:

Its support, along with the support of diverse organizations such as the Steinberg Institute and the R Street Institute, made this new law possible.

The R Street Institute, a free market think tank, also voiced its support for SB 679. Steven Greenhut, Western Region Director for R Street, said, “California’s occupational-licensing laws are supposed to protect the public, but have become so encrusted and bureaucratic that they often serve as an unnecessary barrier for skilled people who want to legally work in our state. Senator Bates’ SB 679 offers a model for licensing reform, as it streamlines the process for fully qualified mental-health professionals from other states to get a license here. They don’t lose their skills by moving to California. Next session, the state should look at doing the same thing for people working in other fields and professions.”