Senator Josh Newman Named Chair of New Subcommittee on Professions and Licensure

Thursday, August 24 2017

Sacramento, CA – Senator Josh Newman has been named Chair of a newly ratified Subcommittee on Professions and Licensure. The subcommittee is housed under the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee.

The newly formed Subcommittee is made up of nine Senators, with Newman serving as Chair, and Senators Dodd, Fuller, Galgiani, Glazer, Hernandez, Hill, Pan and Wilk filling the remaining vacancies.

The Subcommittee will permit the Senate to examine critical aspects of California’s professional regulatory system.  Specifically, the Subcommittee plans to explore the challenges facing healthcare workers in the face of evolving scopes of practices, emerging technologies, and changing demographics, and those issues addressed by the Little Hoover Commission’s 2016 report, Jobs for Californians: Strategies to Ease Occupational Licensing Barriers.

The Subcommittee will also be able to review the recommendations anticipated by AB 827 (Rubio, 2017), which will establish the California Opportunity Act of 2017, requiring the Department of Consumer Affairs to create a task force to study and issue a report regarding the licensing and workforce integration of foreign-trained professionals by January 1, 2019.

The date for the first meeting of the Subcommittee on Professions and Licensure has not yet been set.

Senator Josh Newman represents the 29th Senate District, which includes cities across Orange, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino Counties.