Bills to Improve New Jersey’s Professional Licensing Boards Reintroduced
Two bills intended to improve efficiency and service at New Jersey’s professional licensing boards, strongly supported by the NJCPA and a coalition of other professional associations, were vetoed by Governor Murphy in January. Fortunately, they have both been reintroduced, though they will now have to begin again at step one of the legislative process.
New Jersey’s professional and occupational boards — including the New Jersey State Board of Accountancy — have traditionally been underfunded because a sizable portion of licensure fees, which are intended to fund the boards, are often diverted to the state’s general fund. Passage of these bills could indirectly lead to more funding or other resources for the boards.
- A2361 requires calculation of the national average time needed to approve applications for the initial credential in a profession or occupation and use of that average time as standard in New Jersey.
- A2805 requires the issuance of a report on certain information and data on processing of applications for professional and occupational licenses and mandates review of training and call intake in the Division of Consumer Affairs.
We will provide updates on the progress of these bills.