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Expanding a regulatory reform effort that has already made doing business easier for thousands of businesses, Governor Patrick announced legislation to streamline and improve the licensing process and business climate for thousands of professional licensees throughout Massachusetts.

The legislation is part of the Patrick-Murray Administration’s comprehensive regulatory reform effort to conduct a fresh analysis of existing regulations and determine what still makes sense in the 21st century.

The effort, first of its kind in the Commonwealth in more than a decade, has removed unnecessary barriers to starting a small business, enhanced efficiencies of state government operations and aligned state practices with widely accepted national models or best practices.

“These common-sense changes in the Division of Professional Licensure are further steps forward in improving the business climate,” said Governor Patrick. “Together with our work to update or eliminate old regulations, simplify tax laws, contain health care costs and enhance access to capital, we are making Massachusetts an even better place to do business.”

Key Points of the Legislation:

  • Makes a number of internal changes to DPL operations that will lower costs and make the agency more efficient;
  • Eliminate some fixed-number quorum and appointment requirements for boards, which will make it easier for boards to conduct business and recruit members;
  • Strike out laws for several boards that purports to authorize the boards to hire staff and receive compensation. Currently, DPL provides boards with necessary support staff and the obsolete language causes confusion;
  • Eliminate a mandatory review of the Hearing Instrument Specialist Board every three years by the State Auditor, taking out a unique and unnecessary provision;
  • Eliminate the Board of Registration of Barbers and the Board of Registration of Electrologists and create a consolidated Board of Registration of Cosmetology and Barbering that will reduce redundancy and improve administrative efficiency in shared areas such as licensing, investigation and consumer outreach.

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