In the 2011 legislative session, INCRA made its second attempt to make certification mandatory. As you may or may not know, our legislature ran into some issues this spring and basically went on strike, for lack of a better term, and we were not able to make it to a committee hearing once again. Our bill has to make it to a committee hearing before we can lobby for anything to our individual senators and representatives.
Additionally this year, the Professional Licensing Agency made it abundantly clear that it could not support our efforts by way of its office. There are many reasons for this, one of which is financial; however, the PLA offered alternative plans for our legislation, which we are confident will satisfy our original goals.
Senator Greg Taylor from Indianapolis, the sponsor of our bill, is optimistic regarding the chances of our bill passing in next year’s short session. We have spent time working on the language, ironing out inconsistencies and making this a bill that benefits everyone involved and therefore makes it hard to vote against.
Lastly, INCRA would love to hire a lobbyist to work toward our efforts in this area. After researching and talking to the state leaders of associations who have been successful with this legislation in the past 10 years, the key was always their lobbyist. INCRA does have money in its legislative account to hire a lobbyist, but not knowing how long this process will take, we will need to work on fundraisers in order to keep the money coming in to our legislative account.