Take Action: Bill gutting consumer protections to be debated on Monday

As part of Iowa’s Koch problem, the Republican-controlled legislature is set to dismantle licensure requirements that protect consumers. Iowa law currently requires various professionals to be licensed in order to practice in the state. However, a bill slated to be debated on Monday would remove this requirement. 

House Study Bill 138 would remove the licensing requirements for mental health counselors, marital and family therapists, social workers, dietitians, athletic trainers, and so on. Removing these protections leaves ordinary Iowans vulnerable. 

The principal argument that has been advanced in defense of the bill is that the costs of licensure are burdensome to those who wish to enter such professions. If that is true, then they should address that problem directly. For example, the government could subsidize the training and licensing of mental health professionals and social workers, and they could allow for deferred payment of licensing fees for other professions. These would be socially responsible solutions. Simply removing the requirement that these professions be licensed is reckless and irresponsible.

The best opportunity to kill this bill is in committee

If it goes to the floor, there is little reason to believe that Republicans will legislate with the best interests of ordinary Iowans in mind. They have clearly demonstrated that their chief concern is to advance the interests of profit-seeking capitalists. 

Here’s what you can do

 

 

Author: Christoffer Lammer-Heindel

Chris is Chair of the Dubuque Democratic Socialists, and a teacher at Loras College.

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