- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina legislators have backed off a proposal to eliminate state licensing requirements for a dozen occupations and consolidate other occupational boards.

Members of the Joint Legislative Administrative Procedure Oversight Committee meeting Tuesday shelved draft legislation for the upcoming General Assembly session, which starts April 25. The decision for inaction came after people associated with the boards or the professions regulated spoke at the committee and urged lawmakers not to move forward.

Bill supporters say licensing boards lower barriers for job seekers in professions and reduce customer costs.

Committee co-chairman Rep. Jonathan Jordan of Ashe County said more information is needed from the boards to ensure public health and safety are protected.

Licensing boards on the chopping block in the bill covered acupuncturists, athletic trainers and podiatrists among others.

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