Secretary of State Brian Kemp has asked that Senate Bill 445, which his office helped developed and was introduced by Sen. Bill Hamrick (R-Carroll County) be withdrawn from consideration:
Secretary Kemp stated, “In October, I began discussions with the Governor’s Office, legislative leaders, members of the professional licensing boards, leaders of professional associations and license holders themselves to identify options for reducing the time required to approve license applications, renewals and to determine sanctions. These discussions provided the impetus for legislation to streamline operations at PLB.”
“Due to time constraints in drafting a compromise and the ability for stakeholder review, it was not realistic to have a final bill drafted by day 30 of the legislative session. Therefore, I have decided to withdraw the bill from consideration during this year’s General Assembly session. Withdrawing the legislation will allow my office to continue to meet in a spirit of cooperation and compromise with all stakeholders so we can produce a bill that addresses the critical needs facing PLB and, most important, the 460,000 licensed Georgians and businesses we serve.”
“Frankly, the easiest thing for me to do would have been nothing, and allow the license application waiting time to gradually grow over time, year after year. But, as General Colin Powell so succinctly states, ‘Leadership is solving problems.’ I was elected to be a leader and public servant, which means increasing operations efficiency in each agency division and reducing regulations for license holders and entrepreneurs. I would rather spend the coming year crafting a bill that addresses the needs and concerns of all parties than to haphazardly rush the legislative process.”
“Please feel free to contact my office if you have any questions or comments about Senate Bill 445 and streamlining our licensing procedures. Together we can make government a friendlier and more efficient partner of Georgia’s businesses and professional license holders.”
The act was intended to streamline licensing operations under various professional boards attached to the Secretary of State’s office and reduce the time and expense associated with applying for a license without sacrificing the boards’ strict quality control procedures.