Bill passes allowing military spouses to transfer certifications
Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 8:00:04 AM
Obtaining professional licensure in a given state is a long process. This can be frustrating for the spouse of a military member who has received a new assignment in another state. Fortunately, 20 states have enacted laws providing reciprocal licensure for military spouses so long as they hold a license in a state with equal or more rigorous standards. North Carolina is the newest state added to the list.
"This bill helps streamline the procedures, so military spouses in North Carolina can get the certification they need to work. We owe it to them, to provide this kind of support," said Governor Bev Perdue of North Carolina.
The cost of state-by-state licensure adds up for military families that frequently move from one state to another. Presently, close to 35 percent of military spouses in the labor force work in fields requiring licenses or certification.
First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden hope to help get all 50 states on board with the "Military Family Licensing Act" by 2014, making it easier for military spouses to transfer their licenses.
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