WE’RE ADVOCATING FOR YOU! Certification: Louisiana Legislature

On April 9th, the Louisiana House of Representatives passed Bill No. 748, Occupational Licensing Review Act which recommends that “Individuals possessing a ‘certification’ from a voluntary program shall not utilize the term ‘certified’ as a title.”

Our concern, as with other ANSI-accredited certifying organizations, was that the Certified Commissioning Professional designation would be disallowed in Louisiana, opening the door to poor quality and potentially unsafe buildings, and increased commoditization of commissioning services. Liz Fischer contacted the National Institute of Building Science (NIBS) and discovered that other organizations within the Commercial Workforce Credentialing Council planned to lobby the Louisiana legislature.

BCxA President John Villani and BCCB President Piché co-signed a strongly-worded letter to the Senate, and we added our signature to a letter that the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and others drafted opposing the bill. We are pleased to share with you that our concerns regarding HB 748 were addressed in the Senate hearing.

During the hearing, Rep. Emerson, who originated the bill, and the Governor’s office, presented an amendments package that incorporated all proposed amendments that were offered to them. As described by the ASID, “That package – which would delete the term ‘certification’ entirely from the bill, addressed issues related to the term ‘registration,’ and would have put public health and safety considerations on par with market competition factors – was adopted by the committee. However, subsequently, an amendment was offered to delete the vast majority of the bill.” The segment of the bill at issue now reads, simply:

“Pursuant to the authority in this Chapter, the governor shall review on an annual basis not less than twenty percent of the agencies engaged in regulatory and licensing activities. Within five years, the governor shall have reviewed all such agencies.”

On May 16th, the Senate passed the bill by a vote of 25 yeas and 4 nays, and ordered it to be returned to the House for approval. A motion to reconsider was tabled.

Read the BCCB/BCxA Letter

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