Posted: Wednesday, February 8, 2017
With the 2017 session of the Virginia General Assembly more than halfway over, Culpeper’s two state delegates are making some progress on their promises to cut red tape with one being especially vocal about it.
Legislation sponsored by Del. Nick Freitas, R-Culpeper, to ease licensing requirements for career and technical education teachers passed the House of Delegates on Jan. 26 and will be considered today by the Senate Committee on Education & Health.
House Bill 1770 seeks to allow local school boards or superintendents leeway to waive certain requirements for teachers seeking a license or renewal of license in vocational fields.
Legislation sponsored by Del. Michael Webert, R-Marshall, to establish a statewide policy for limiting occupational licensing requirements passed the House of Delegates Tuesday. In a video post Tuesday on Facebook, Webert called House Bill 1566 his most important of the session. The delegate said he worked to craft the bill with Americans for Prosperity, a nationwide conservative advocacy group founded by the Koch brothers.
The bill tasks the Joint Commission on Rules with evaluating at least three professional regulations annually to ensure they are the least restrictive as possible.
“To do upholstery, you have to have a license and pay a fee,” Webert said. “To blow dry someone’s hair for a fee, you have to have a cosmetology license so those would be barriers to entry.”
He said Virginia is the 11th most onerous state for regulations and the eighth most heavily licensed.