Indiana panel recommends state stop licensing, regulating 11 occupations, including engineers

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A state panel that’s assessing Indiana’s need to oversee dozens of occupations is drawing fire for recommending that the state stop licensing and regulating engineers.

The Journal Gazette reports that the Jobs Creation Committee recently issued preliminary findings suggesting the state end its licensing of 11 occupations, including engineers, home inspectors and hearing aid dealers.

The panel’s engineering recommendation have generated the most attention, even though more public hearings on the proposals are expected and state lawmakers would have to approve any changes.

The president of the Indiana Society of Professional Engineers says every U.S. state currently regulates the practice of engineering to ensure public safety. Scott S. Haraburda says if the committee’s recommendations are implemented it would pose “a dangerous risk that Hoosiers cannot afford to take.”

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