House committee unanimously approves Kortz bill to assist professionals

Would lift restriction barring licensing boards from providing advice

 HARRISBURG, Feb. 3 – A bill that would help licensed professionals do their jobs more efficiently and accurately was approved unanimously today by the House Professional Licensure Committee, according to the bill’s author, state Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny.

House Bill 1566 would remove a restriction in the law that prevents state licensing boards from providing licensees important guidance, such as whether a planned action could violate state regulations.

“The vast majority of Pennsylvania’s professionals want only to do the right thing when they provide services, yet our restrictive laws prevent licensing boards from advising them when they need guidance,” Kortz said. “As a result, professionals are often placed in the impossible position of having to guess whether a proposed action complies with regulations, only to be told later that it did not and that they are being fined. The situation poses a financial drain, can jeopardize a person’s livelihood and slows the efficient delivery of quality services.

“My bill would remove the guesswork for professionals by allowing licensing boards to answer their questions by way of advisory opinions. This would give professionals the information they need – when they need it – and allow them to move forward with the peace of mind of knowing that they’re complying with state law along the way.”

The bill now heads to the House chamber for consideration.