Testimony from:
Marc Hyden, Director, State Government Affairs, R Street Institute

In SUPPORT to HB 155, “Professions and businesses; issuance of licenses by endorsement”

February 22, 2023

House Regulated Industries Committee

Chairman and members of the committee,

My name is Marc Hyden. I am a Georgia resident and the director of state government affairs for the R Street Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization. Our mission is to engage in policy research and outreach to promote free markets and limited, effective government in many areas, including occupational licensing policy. This is why HB 155 is of special interest to us.

To date, roughly 30 percent of workers need an occupational license to work, but Georgia does not recognize numerous out-of-state professional licenses. This means that licensed individuals who move here must begin the licensing process anew, which can be costly, time-consuming and duplicative, but it does not need to be this way.

Nineteen states, including Idaho, Montana, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming, have taken a different path. In order to cut red tape, help people get to work and promote a more prosperous economy, these states have adopted some form of regulated interstate-mobility licensure act. These are similar to the committee substitute for HB 155, which would be a boon to the state for several reasons:

It would ease Georgia’s workforce shortages

It would help new residents get to work

It is good for business

It is good for consumers

In order to address workforce shortages, ensure Georgia retains a competitive edge over other states and foster a healthier economy, lawmakers would be wise to support a regulated interstate-mobility licensure act, and I respectfully urge the committee to support the committee substitute to HB 155.

Thank you,

Marc Hyden
Director, State Government Affairs
R Street Institute
(404) 918-2731
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