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AB-1271 Licensing examinations: report.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/22/2019 04:00 AM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1271


Introduced by Assembly Member Diep

February 21, 2019


An act relating to professions and vocations.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1271, as introduced, Diep. Licensing examinations: report.
Existing law provides for the licensure and regulation of professions and vocations by various boards that comprise the Department of Consumer Affairs.
This bill would require the department, on or before January 1, 2021, to provide a report to the Assembly Committee on Business and Professions and the Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development that contains specified information relating to licensing examinations for each licensed profession and vocation under the department’s jurisdiction.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 The intent of the Legislature in enacting this act is to seek opportunities to reduce barriers to professional licensing by eliminating licensing examinations that are found largely to duplicate already required formal education and training.

SEC. 2.

 On or before January 1, 2021, the Department of Consumer Affairs shall provide a report to the Assembly Committee on Business and Professions and the Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development that contains the following summary information for each licensed profession and vocation under its jurisdiction:
(a) Whether licensure requires completion of a board-approved education or training program.
(b) Whether licensure requires passage of a written or clinical licensing examination.
(c) Whether an examination fee is required in addition to any other initial licensure or application fees and, if so, the amount of the examination fee.
(d) To the extent feasible, information on the average length of time between submitting a licensure application and taking the licensing examination.
(e) Information on average passage rates for the licensing examination and, to the extent feasible, information on the percentage of yearly applicants who ultimately never receive a license due to one or more examination failures.