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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: August 30, 2021 03:10 PM
From: Representative Zachary Mako and Rep. David S. Hickernell, Rep. Jake Wheatley, Jr., Rep. Karen Boback, Rep. Chris Sainato
To: All House members
Subject: Professional Licensing Reform for Veterans, Service Members & Spouses
Each day we enjoy freedoms and safety unique to the United States of America.  We do so because of the hard work and dedication of our military persons and their families.  Yet, those same people who sacrifice so much for us, often struggle with obtaining a professional license so they may support themselves and their families.
To ease these struggles and remove barriers to licensing and employment, we intend to introduce a proposal to accomplish the following:
  • Increase presence of veterans and military spouses on licensing boards and commissions;
  • Expedited application review for veterans and military spouses, and initial licensure fee waiver for military spouses when traveling to Pennsylvania;
  • Consideration of military experience acquired when determining if a military person meets the qualification for licensure;
  • Use of the Military Occupational Codes Crosswalk to help translate the military experience into civilian licensure requirements;
  • Early submission for licensure renewals of those military persons being deployed to allow them to immediately return to employment upon return.
Additionally, our legislation will require the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs within the Department of State to conduct an annual report and deliver it to the legislative committees.
We hope you will join us in supporting our veterans, military members and their spouses.

Introduced as HB1868