A bill increasing the mobility of professional and occupational licensing across state lines passed unanimously out of the Senate.
House Bill 2873, creates the Universal Licensing Recognition Act. The measure provides that a person moving to Oklahoma would be able to apply for licensing or certification for an occupation with a similar scope of practice, and the applicant supplies verifiable proof of physical residency in the state or is married to and accompanying an active-duty member of the Armed Forces to an official permanent change of station to a military installation located in the state.
Authored by Sen. James Leewright, R-Bristow, and Rep. Kevin Wallace, R-Wellston, the measure universally recognizes the education, training and skills required and earned in another state by giving credit in Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma regulatory entity would apply all similar and verifiable work experience in the manner most favorable to the applicant. Certain examination requirements and fees would still apply to the applicant. The applicant must also demonstrate that they are free of any complaint, investigation, suspension, revocation or discipline by any other regulatory entity or jurisdiction for unprofessional conduct.
The measure was developed in conjunction with the governor and industry leaders.
The bill now awaits signature from the governor. If signed, it would take effect on Nov. 1, 2021.
Source: Oklahoma Legislature
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