2019: Reducing Barriers To Work

News Release

December 31, 2019

PHOENIX — Arizona this year knocked down barriers for Arizonans to get to work including becoming the first state to recognize out of state occupational licenses and removing excessive requirements to blow dry hair. With the third-highest rate of growth in the nation, Arizona’s welcoming atmosphere and efforts to cut red tape are getting results.

Governor Ducey on April 10 signed H.B. 2569, bipartisan legislation making Arizona the first state in the nation to pass legislation providing universal recognition of out-of-state occupational licenses.

 Arizona’s licensing boards and commissions are now required to recognize occupational licenses granted in other states during the licensing process, something already done for spouses of military personnel deployed to Arizona. The bill ensures public health and safety protections for jobs that require background checks or other safety requirements.

The Governor this year also signed into law signed S.B. 1401, known as the Blow Dry Freedom Bill, to remove excessive and unnecessary occupational licensing requirements to blow-dry, shampoo and style hair.

In 2017, Governor Ducey signed H.B. 2372, waiving licensing fees for first-time applicants from families earning less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level— reducing a key workforce barrier for those in need. In July, the Arizona Mirror reported that the fee waivers have a significant impact on people who are going into nursing.