Professional Licensing from Plumbers to Physicians

Friday, Dec. 15

Professional Licensing from Plumbers to Physicians

More than a quarter of U.S. workers now require a license to do their jobs, with most of these workers licensed by the states. States across the country are striving to engage more people in the workforce and at the same time protect the public interest.  This session will cover innovative and successful models of state licensure for professions, as state leaders balance consumer protections, flexibility and accessibility for workers.

Panelists:

  • Cory Everett, Board Member and President of the Council for Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation
  • Lisa Knepp, Director of Strategic Research, Institute for Justice
  • Rick Masters, Special Counsel, National Center for Interstate Compacts
  • Myra Irizarry Reddy, Director of Government Affairs and Industry Relations, Professional Beauty Association

 


Speaker Biographies

Cory Everett
Board Member and President of the Council for Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation

CLEAR promotes regulatory excellence through conferences, educational programs, webinars, seminars and symposia. The organization provides networking opportunities, publications, and research services for those involved with, or affected by, professional and occupational regulation. As a neutral forum to encourage and provide for the sharing of best practices, CLEAR serves and supports the international regulatory community and its vital contribution to public protection.

Lisa Knepper
Director of Strategic Research, Institute for Justice

Knepper helps manage the Institute for Justice’s strategic research initiative, which creates policy and social science research on issues central to IJ’s mission—school choice, private property rights, economic liberty and free speech. Knepper co-authored IJ’s reports License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing, Policing for Profit: The Abuse of Civil Asset Forfeiture, 2nd ed., and Streets of Dreams: How Cities Can Create Economic Opportunity by Knocking Down Protectionist Barriers to Street Vending. Articles she has authored or co-authored have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic online, CNN.com and the journal Economic Affairs

Rick Masters
Special Counsel, National Center for Interstate Compact

Masters is special counsel to the National Center for Interstate Compacts, or NCIC, providing legal guidance on the law and use of interstate compacts and their application and enforcement, as well as bill drafting guidance in conjunction with NCIC compact projects. He has been a primary drafter of many compacts, including multistate licensure compacts for the professions of nursing, medicine, physical therapy, emergency medical services and psychology. He also provides legal advice to a variety of compact governing boards and agencies and testifies before state legislatures and Congress about compact legislation. He co-authored The Evolving Law and Use of Interstate Compacts 2nd Edition, the largest compilation of laws and commentary on the subject, published by the American Bar Association.

Myra Irizarry Reddy
Director of Government Affairs and Industry Relations, Professional Beauty Association

Reddy spends her time researching and analyzing various issues affecting the professional beauty industry including local, state and federal legislation. She creates and writes advocacy campaigns, policy positions and testimony. Prior to joining PBA, she served as a staff member for the U.S. Senate, U.S. House, the Texas Legislature, and the California Assembly. During her tenure at the University of Texas at Dallas, where she earned a master’s degree in political science, Reddy participated in the Essex School Methodological and Analytical Data Analysis Program at the University of Essex in Colchester, England.