Questions a Legislator Should Ask, Third Edition
By Kara Schmitt

Questions a Legislator Should Ask is designed to provide important questions to be asked, as well as background information, to assist policymakers in their deliberation of proposed new professional regulation as well as revisions to current statutes. The questions included will help guide legislators towards achieving the desired goal of creating legislation that protects the public from unscrupulous practitioners. This book can also be of value to legislative staff and regulators who may need to provide information to stakeholders. The background information will serve as a basis for understanding the benefits and liabilities of regulation. 

The original 1978 edition of Questions a Legislator Should Ask, by Benjamin Shimberg and Doug Roederer, Kara Schmitt, Editor, is considered a classic among state policy makers. Although there have been myriad changes to regulation during the past 40 years, most of the original questions are still applicable in today’s environment. This edition, published in 2018, includes an updated reference list, more current citations and examples, and some of the new practices found in the 21st century.

This publication can be ordered through the CLEAR Publications Order Form. Price: $20 for CLEAR members and $25 for others. Prices include shipping and handling.

Demystifying Occupational and Professional Regulation

By Kara Schmitt

If you're new to professional regulation, or even if you've worked in the regulatory arena for several years, there are probably questions you've been afraid to ask. Questions like: How did our present regulatory system evolve? Why do professions and occupations want to be regulated? How is the regulatory scene changing?

This book, revised in 2015, simplifies the complicated laws, rules, jargon and policies of regulation. While it probably won't answer all of your questions, it should equip you with the means to ask intelligent questions and make constructive suggestions in this complex and intriguing regulatory world. 

This publication can be ordered through the CLEAR Publications Order Form. Price: $28 for CLEAR members and $35 for others. Prices include shipping and handling.

Telepractice and Professional Licensing: A Guide for Legislators

By Pam Brinegar and Melissa McGinley

This publication is available online at no charge.

The Americans with Disabilities Act: Information for Credentialing Examinations, Revised Edition: February 2004

Since the 1990 passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), individuals throughout the regulatory community have been seeking a clearer understanding of their legal responsibilities under the ADA. What is required by this landmark piece of legislation? How should you respond to requests for specific testing accommodations? How do you determine the reasonableness and appropriateness of the request?

This manual is a useful guide for anyone faced with the above questions. It provides a brief overview of the ADA as it pertains to testing candidates with disabilities, examples of specific requests and guidelines for appropriate response. Plus, the annotated bibliography allows for quick access to a number of important ADA rulings.

This publication is available online free of charge to members. Members and state officials can order additional copies for $18. Others can order a copy for $25 for a pdf file e-mailed to you, please add $3.99 shipping and $1 handling per item if you prefer a print version.

Development, Administration, Scoring and Reporting of Credentialing/Registration Examinations: Recommendations for Board Members, Third Edition: December 2015

Examinations play a vital role in the credentialing process. While the purpose of credentialing examinations—assuring minimal competence to practice a profession at the entry level—is perhaps very well understood, the technical aspects of examinations are less well known and often misunderstood.

Since the mission of regulatory agencies is public protection, it is essential that members of these agencies understand the tasks that should be performed in the development, administration, analysis and reporting of credentialing examinations. This monograph has been developed to help provide the information necessary to understand the technical basis for many of the practices followed by testing professionals.

This publication is available online free of charge to CLEAR members. Others may purchase an electronic version of the publication through the CLEAR Publications Order Form for $29.99.

Principles of Fairness: An Examining Guide for Credentialing Boards
This brief document recommends testing procedures and practices designed to enable candidates to attain optimal performance on credentialing examinations. Emphasis is placed on providing essential information to prepare the candidates before the test; providing a test administration environment and procedures conducive to good performance; and providing timely and accurate scoring, standard setting and reporting after the test. A revised version of this publication is available online.

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