Introduced by Rep. Al Pscholka (R) on August 15, 2012, to increase license fees imposed on a wide range of businesses and occupations in which licensure mandates are imposed as a condition of earning a living. The proposed increases are spread among different bills in the package comprised of House Bills 5818 to 5825. Technically, the bills repeal the sunsets of previously enacted “temporary” fee increase laws. According to the House Fiscal Agency, the fee hikes would extract an additional $14.9 million annually from business owners and tradesmen.
Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on August 15, 2012.
Reported in the House on September 13, 2012, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the House on September 19, 2012. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on September 19, 2012.
Amendment offered by Rep. Dian Slavens (D) on September 19, 2012, to waive these fees if an individual is a veteran. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on September 19, 2012.