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Thursday, May 09, 2013

Ind. Law - "Gov. Mike Pence vetoes professional licensing bills"

Mary Beth Schneider has the story in the Indianapolis Star. It begins:

Gov. Mike Pence issued the first vetoes of his administration Wednesday, rejecting two bills that required licensing for several professions.

Arguing that licensing requirements hamper job growth, Pence vetoed House Enrolled Act 1242, which required licenses for diabetes educators, and Senate Enrolled Act 273, which created licenses for anesthesiologist assistants and dietitians, along with state certification for music therapists.

Both easily passed the legislature. HEA 1242, sponsored by Rep. David Frizzell, R-Indianapolis, passed the House 73-12 and the Senate 46-3. SEA 273, authored by Sen. Patricia Miller, R-Indianapolis, passed the Senate 50-0 and the House 82-4.

“Lower taxes and less regulation, including fewer licensing requirements, will mean more jobs for Hoosiers,” Pence said in a statement. “I am vetoing these licensing bills because I believe they create barriers to the marketplace for Hoosiers and restrict competition.” * * *

And he appeared to chide the legislature for not passing one of his agenda items: Senate Bill 520, which would have created the “ERASER Committee” to review occupational licensing and establish a procedure to automatically sunset unnecessary licenses, permits and certifications.

“I will continue to work with members of the General Assembly as we pursue efforts to reduce red tape and reform licensing in Indiana, because less regulation will mean more jobs for Hoosiers,” he said.

The legislature can still enact the bills. Lawmakers have scheduled June 12 as the day to deal with any vetoes, and it takes only a simple majority of lawmakers in each chamber — 51 in the 100-member House and 26 in the 50-member Senate — to override a veto. * * *

Gov. Mitch Daniels, in his first year as governor in 2005, vetoed three bills. In his eight years in office, he vetoed 13 bills, with only one overridden.

Here is the Governor's 2013 Bill Watch page. Here is his press release on the two vetoes.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 9, 2013 01:37 PM
Posted to Indiana Law