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Occupational Licensing: It ain’t over till it’s over.

Occupational Licensing: It ain’t over till it’s over.

The Senate voted 15 to 7 to kill House Bill 1685, which would have set up a legislative Commission to review and weaken licensing laws as well as mandate that the Real Estate Commission develop a process to allow a non-licensee to practice if they notify the consumer of that fact.

In less than a week, nearly 1,400 REALTORS responded to NHAR’s Call for Action on the bill, distributing more than 10,000 emails to legislators. It clearly made a difference, and the bill has been defeated.

While the final vote was a big victory, some in the Senate attempted to table the bill at the last minute – meaning put the bill aside so an amendment could be developed. Ultimately, that effort was not successful, but it showed that the battle against weakening licensing laws is far from over. NHAR will be watching closely over the next six weeks to ensure that the language is not attached to another bill.

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