Koenig Named Legislator of the Year by Career Colleges Group

State Rep. Adam Koenig was named legislator of the year by the Kentucky Association of Career Colleges and Schools (KACCS). 

The Erlanger Republican serves as chairman of the Kentucky House of Representatives Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations Committee, which manages legislation governing the licensing and certification of professional occupations.

The award was announced last Friday during the KACCS annual conference at Sullivan University in Louisville.

Rep. Koenig represents the 69th House District, which covers portions of Kenton and Boone counties in Northern Kentucky.

“As Chair of the Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations Committee, I know firsthand how critical our licensed professionals are to the Commonwealth, and how important the institutions that train them are,” Koenig said. “I believe it is state government’s role to work with the stakeholders to ensure that our laws provide appropriate guidance for those entering these fields, without creating a barrier for opportunity.”

The organization credited Koenig and his committee for its work on behalf of KACCS institutions and graduates.

During the last several years there has been close scrutiny of how professions are regulated and a concern in certain quarters that current law creates barriers to entry into various fields. The recent United States Supreme Court Ruling against the North Carolina Board of Dentistry has also prompted most states to review how their licensure boards conduct business.

"In Kentucky, these discussions are ongoing, but Rep. Koenig has taken a leadership role in this area and has been a voice of moderation," said Greg Brotzge, who manages government affairs for KACCS. " He has solicited advice from all sides and fought against proposals that would have been heavy-handed. As a result, Kentucky has avoided some of the battles that have occurred in other states."

-Staff report