West Virginians rely on licensing to protect them from untrained and inexperienced services in certain occupations.

If laws like the Occupational Licensing Consumer Choice Act pass the West Virginia Legislature, anyone, even if they are untrained or unqualified, will be able to work in most professions without first acquiring the proper license.

Some of the professions lawmakers want to eliminate licensing requirements for include architects, appraisers, barbers, CPAs, cosmetologists, engineers, professional firefighters, funeral directors, private investigators, real estate agents, social workers, speech pathologists and surveyors. Not only will this legislation hurt members of these professions, it adversely affects consumers.

If you work in a profession that requires a license, your livelihood will also be greatly affected.

Consumers and professional license holders can stop legislation like this by contacting their legislators to explain how licenses protect us.