Gov. Susana Martinez issued an executive order Oct. 3 directing state agencies and boards to reduce requirements for occupational licensing in dozens of fields. Reforms like these remove unnecessary institutional barriers that prevent New Mexico Latinos from achieving their full potential and better providing for themselves and their families.
Specifically, the order directs that state officials:
· Accept occupational licenses from other states.
· Accept professional experience as a substitute for reciprocal licensure.
· Ensure formerly incarcerated individuals are not needlessly shut out of professions.
· Allow individuals to work without an occupational license, so long as the unlicensed professional makes clear to customers that they are not licensed by the state.
Too often, occupational licenses serve as barriers that protect special interests from competition, rather than the public from harm. Because of Gov. Martinez’s actions, New Mexico is shining a light on how those barriers can be broken.
Send Gov. Martinez a message to thank her for reforming occupational licensing in New Mexico!