Track Licensure Legislation

Government regulation of occupations and professions has recently come into to the forefront of policy debate at the local, state, and federal levels. This interest, in part, is being fueled by the 2015 Supreme Court Decision in the North Carolina State Dental Board of Examiners vs the Federal Trade Commission case and the national growth in occupational licensing. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than a quarter of all U.S. workers reported having a license in 2015, compared to five percent in the 1950’s. 

Throughout the coming years we anticipate legislation will be introduced in numerous states to either deregulate various occupations and/or institute occupational licensing reform measures. These reform measures may follow model laws championed by anti-licensure organizations. While the work of landscape architects clearly affects public health, safety, and welfare, it is not uncommon for state legislators to categorize highly educated and trained Landscape Architects with occupations such as manicurists, auctioneers, and boxing announcers. It’s imperative that your Chapter is actively working to educate your state and local lawmakers about the profession and its impact on health, safety, and welfare.

The map below provides a link to the licensure bills in each state as well as to other key pieces of legislation.



Roxanne Blackwell, 
Esq., Hon. ASLA,
Director of Federal
Government Affairs

Elizabeth Hebron,
Director of State
Government Affairs