Tackle the Tape includes Secretary Watson’s voice and votes on the Occupational Licensing Review Commission (OLRC). The OLRC is comprised of the Governor, Secretary of State, and Attorney General who are charged with ensuring the public’s health and welfare are protected, resources are used efficiently, and to prevent anti-competitive behavior by all licensing boards and commissions under its purview.

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With Secretary Watson’s influence, House Bill 1104 (HB1104) was passed during the 2020 Legislative Session. HB1104 granted new authority to the OLRC to review existing regulations subject to the jurisdiction of an occupational licensing board, not only new proposals. 

To increase the efficiency of the Commission’s review process, the OLRC unanimously passed an amendment proposed by Secretary Watson to require Mississippi’s 29 occupational licensing boards to submit regulatory impact assessments. These reports are to provide the OLRC with the information and analysis needed to make informed decisions by measuring the impact proposed regulations will have on the state’s businesses and consumers.