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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: February 8, 2019 11:27 AM
From: Representative Harry Readshaw and Rep. Francis X. Ryan
To: All House members
Subject: Portability of professional and occupationa licenses for military spouses
At the request of a number of the Pennsylvania military families, I plan to introduce the language from SB 796 of the 2015-2016 session. This legislation would afford military spouses greater ease in obtaining the transfer of their professional license to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The lives of military spouses are marked by frequent deployments, relocations and extended periods of single parenthood. These unique circumstances pose a significant obstacle to the maintenance of professional licenses. Acquiring the transfer of a professional license can prove time consuming and costly, causing delays in employment and preventing the utilization of valuable skills in the workplace. Often the transferal of professional licenses becomes cumbersome to the point where military spouses abandon their careers.

In recent years, governors and state legislators in many states have come together across the aisle to provide this type of much needed assistance to our military spouses. It is time for Pennsylvania to be added to this roster.

My legislation will allow military spouses to move more rapidly and efficiently into the workforce by providing a streamlined process in obtaining the transfer of their professional licenses into the Commonwealth.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation to assist our military families. Thank you.

Introduced as HB483