States Introduce New Occupational Licensure Bills to Support Military Spouses and Beyond

      Occupational licensure has been a hot topic in U.S. state legislatures for years. The main goals have been to lessen the hurdles to acquire licensure and, as our world becomes increasingly small, to ensure licensure portability. These bills have taken many different forms, including expediting the licensure process, eliminating licenses from certain professions, reducing fees, and limiting the factors that can disqualify an applicant from a license.
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        Service secretaries say quality of schools, reciprocity of licenses should be considered in future basing decisions [News release].
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        Occupational licensing and military spouses: States consider new solutions.
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        Military spouses, local oranizations speak up for licensing bill.
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      Rebecca Fotsch, JD, is Director of State Advocacy and Legislative Affairs, State Advocacy, National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Chicago, Illinois.

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