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Handel backs review of regulatory boards
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ATLANTA — Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel announced the introduction of legislation that would require the Georgia Occupational Regulatory Review Council to perform a periodic review of each board currently regulated by Title 43 of the Georgia Code.

The legislation, sponsored by Sen. David Shafer (R-Duluth) and Rep. Roger Williams (R-Dalton), will require GORRC to evaluate and determine if the particular regulation is still necessary; if the regulation provides adequate consumer protection; and assess the overall cost effectiveness and economic impact of the regulation.

“I want to thank Sen. Shafer and Rep. Williams for partnering with me to reform Georgia’s regulatory processes,” Handel said. “Regulation and oversight must not obstruct the free market and economic growth. This legislation will force each and every board that we regulate to prove its necessity, and ensure that the amount of regulation meets the needs of the industry today.”

The Professional Licensing Boards Division provides administrative support services to 36 professional licensing boards that issue 197 types of licenses to more than 400,000 Georgians in various professions. In spring 2008, Handel ordered a comprehensive external audit of the division’s operations that found numerous inefficiencies. Handel has since streamlined the division by reorganizing and consolidating employee functions, cutting positions and implementing proven business principles.