SB60 Signed by the Governor as ACT 253

Louisiana Senate Bill 60 (SB 60) was signed by the governor as ACT 253.   This bill has significant implications for the life safety and property protection industry in the state. The legislation aims to enhance public safety standards and streamline regulatory processes for businesses involved in these sectors.

SB 60 was introduced to simplify the licensing process to reduce bureaucratic hurdles and support industry growth.

Key Provisions of SB 60, Now ACT 253

  1. This law requires a board to issue an occupational license or certification to a person if:
    1. The applicant holds a current and valid occupational license or certification in another state in an occupation with a similar scope of practice.
    2. The applicant has held the license or certification in the other state for at least one year.
    3. The other state required the applicant to pass an examination or meet certain standards.
    4. The other state holds the applicant in good standing.
    5. The applicant does not have a disqualifying criminal record as determined by the board in this state.
    6. The applicant does not have a disciplinary action or investigation pending in another state.
    7. The applicant pays all applicable fees; and the applicant provides proof of Louisiana residency.
  2. The law requires the Board of Medical Examiners and the Board of Veterinary Medicine to issue a conditional license pending normal licensure.
  3. The law allows the Board of Dentistry to require an applicant to complete an initial clinical licensure examination.
  4. The law allows a board to require a jurisprudential examination.
  5. The law allows the Horticulture Commission to administer an examination as necessary.
  6. The law provides for an appeals process.

Louisiana SB 60 represents a significant step forward in ensuring public safety and enhancing the standards of the life safety and property protection industry. While the streamlined licensing process is intended to reduce bureaucratic obstacles, the overall impact is expected to be positive, fostering a safer environment for the public and encouraging technological innovation within the industry.   Businesses not licensed in Louisiana currently will find it easier to do business within the state if their current licenses are comparable to Louisiana standards.  The long-term benefits of improved safety and professional standards are likely to outweigh any initial challenges.

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