Professional licensing should be used to protect the health & safety of the public
Georgia should be encouraging business, make it easy to start a business or get a job in Georgia. Unfortunately, when it comes to professional licensing, it has not turned out that way. Special interests have persuaded the legislature to pass onerous licensing rules as a way to eliminate competition and thus generate additional profits.
Unfair professional licensing requirements hurt military families
For example, a cosmetologist with years of experience transfers to Georgia from Fort Hood Texas. Upon arriving in Georgia, she must obtain professional licensure before obtaining a job. Professional licensure often requires hundreds of hours of education costing thousands of dollars.
One of the more ridiculous examples
For some reason, librarians are required to be licensed by the state of Georgia! Another example that doesn't make sense: It takes many 10x as many training hours to meet the licensing requirements to cut hair than it does to become an Emergency Medical Technician.
I am the best choice for Secretary of State.
As Secretary of State, I will conduct a thorough review of the licensing requirements. If there is no health or safety concern then the professional license requirement should be eliminated. I will recommend changes to the licensing requirements and renewal process that make it easy for Georgians to get to work without jeopardizing the safety of the Georgia consumer.