Protect professional licenses

Georgia is currently one of 15 states that can suspend the professional licenses of individuals who have fallen behind on their student loans. Nationally, such licensing suspension laws were largely the result of a crackdown on delinquent borrowers throughout the 1980s and 1990s. The U.S. Department of Education recommended that states adopt these laws, and many did. It is certainly important to hold borrowers accountable, but this must be done responsibly. As it stands, this policy is counterproductive and essentially pushes workers into poverty.

Current Georgia legislation:Introduced by Rep. Scot Turner (R-21), House Bill 42 would make it illegal for state licensing boards to take away professional licenses due to student loan debt or non-payment. On February 12, 2019, Senator Brandon Beach (R-21) introduced a companion bill, Senate Bill 92, which passed the Senate but ultimately stalled while awaiting an “agree” motion in the House.