Locksmith says proposed law dissolving licensing boards is bad for consumers

Published: Mar. 22, 2016 at 3:43 AM EDT|Updated: Mar. 26, 2016 at 3:53 AM EDT
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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A Wilmington locksmith said a proposed law to dissolve more than a dozen occupational licensing boards would be bad for consumers.

The Subcommittee on Oversight of Occupational Licensing Boards discussed the measure at its meeting March 17.

Some of the licensing boards affect laser hair practitioners, podiatrists, athletic trainers and locksmiths.

Supporters said it would remove barriers for newcomers and reduce government regulation.

If the boards are dissolved, the licensing requirements from those boards would disappear too.

Wayne Blankenship, A-Atlantic Coast Locksmith shop manager, said locksmith licenses involve apprenticeships, tests and background checks.

"The barrier isn't a bad thing," Blankenship said. "When you put the barriers in front of them, you give them obstacles that they have to pass to where they can test to see if this is what they want to do in this line of work."

Blankenship said licenses also protect customers and make them feel safer. He said most of his customers ask to see a license before starting work.

The measure will be discussed again in April. If passed, it would go into effect in May 2017.

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