New Hampshire governor proposes consolidation and deregulation

The budget proposed in New Hampshire would eliminate over 30 occupational licenses and consolidate a number of boards. The list of licenses to repeal includes professions such as wetland and soil scientists, foresters, athletic agents, barbers and cosmetologists in licensed facilities, landscape architects, licensed nursing assistants, and medical technicians, among others. For some occupations, the Office of Professional Licensing and Certification would rely on private certifications through professional associations. The proposal would create a Board of Mental Health Practice, combining alcohol and substance use counselors, psychologists, and other mental health professionals. The proposal would also establish universal license recognition.

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