July 7, 2017

New law drops state licensing requirements for some jobs

PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed
Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-Norwalk).

Swimming pool assemblers and athletic agents are among the professionals who will no longer need to obtain state credentials to do their jobs, according to a bill signed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy into law this week.

Senate Bill 191, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2018, phases out occupational licenses for several jobs that don't have educational or professional prerequisites. The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection previously required the credentials.

"This bill removes barriers to employment while still maintaining health and safety protections for consumers," said Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) and Deputy Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Kevin Witkos (R-Canton), who championed the bill.

Among occupations no longer needing a license, registration, or certificate are: above-ground swimming pool installer, uniform student athlete agents, licensed shorthand reporters, and real estate intern.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Licenses are still needed for residential flat glass or automotive glazier. Information in a previous version of the story was incorrect.

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