New Mexico Governor Orders State Agencies to Reform Occupational Licensing Requirements

New Mexico Governor Orders State Agencies to Reform Occupational Licensing Requirements

Residents of New Mexico will soon be allowed to practice in some occupations without a state license, under an executive order signed by Gov. Susana Martinez.

The executive order lists some 34 state boards and commissions that, in addition to other departments, must accept as qualification the out-of-state licenses, military training, or work experience of job-seekers who move to New Mexico.

The order also directs officials to establish processes for “consumer choice,” an alternative to licensing that allows unlicensed professionals to provide services with their customers’ written consent.

The order, signed in October, also reduces barriers to the employment of those with a criminal record by restricting the crimes state officials may consider in evaluating individual license applications to those that “pertain directly to the practice of the occupation or the applicant’s capacity to perform the duties of that occupation.”

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