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Lawmakers back off threat to eliminate some licenses

Early in April, North Carolina legislators were considering a proposal to eliminate licensing requirements for a dozen occupational licensing professions, but now they are backing off the proposal, reports WWAYTV3, an ABC affiliate in Wilmington.

The proposal sought to eliminate licensing requirements for various occupational licensing professions, including electrologists, acupuncurists, and irrigation contractors.

According to the news report, the Joint Legislative Administrative Procedure Oversight Committee quickly shelved the proposal after receiving pressure from licensing board associates who spoke at the committee, asking the board not to consider the proposal.

While the proposal would likely cut costs and reduce the red tape prospective licensees would have to get through to gain licensure, the committee conceded that more investigation needs to be done in order to ensure cutting licensing requirements does not put the public at risk.

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