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Tucker, Singleton, Eustace, Lampitt, Greenwald & Wisniewski Bill to Allow Temporary Professional Licensure for Qualified Military Spouses Heads to Governor's Desk
Bill Would Help Spouses with Professional Licenses Return to Work Sooner After Relocation(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Cleopatra Tucker, Troy Singleton, Timothy Eustace, Pamela Lampitt, Lou Greenwald and John Wisniewski that would allow nonresident military spouses moving to New Jersey to seek temporary licensure from certain professional and occupational licensing boards received final legislative approval Monday and now heads to the governor's desk.
The bill (A-3427) would provide a "nonresident military spouse" the opportunity to seek a temporary licensure with the option to apply for an extension at the end of the year. The bill defines a "nonresident military spouse" as a person who does not live in New Jersey, but is married to an active duty member of the Armed Forces who has been transferred here as part of their service, is legally domiciled in the state or has moved to the state on a permanent change-of-station basis.
"This is an opportunity for the state to help military families bridge the employment gap when transferred and see little disruption in earning an income for their family," said Tucker (D-Essex). "In a year or two-year time, if the individual has permanently relocated to New Jersey, this temporary license will give them time to seek permanent licensure while continuing to make a living."
"Frequent relocation is a part of military life. New Jersey understands that," said Singleton (D- Burlington). "The bill would help ease transitions for nonmilitary spouses with licensed professional careers by providing an opportunity to continue to do what they are trained for, earn an income and support their families.
"The legislation is consistent with legislative efforts being made in other states across the nation," said Eustace (D-Bergen, Passaic). "New Jersey should make it easier for qualified military spouses to maintain licensure and pursue employment quickly after relocation."
"A military family depending on two incomes to support their household does not deserve to encounter trouble in securing employment, especially, if the spouse is a licensed professional," said Lampitt (D- Camden/Burlington). "This bill will help smooth their transition to New Jersey and make it easier to continue to support their family."
"The sacrifices of our military troops are also made by the people who love them, their family," said Greenwald (D- Camden/Burlington). "Relocating often can be hectic and disconcerting for many in the military. New Jersey should help simplify the job aspect of the transition so they may continue to support their families without too much interference."
"Finding work in this economy is hard enough. Doing so in a new state makes the process that much more difficult," said Wisniewski (D-Middlesex). "Relocating at a moment's notice is just one of the many sacrifices that our military families make for our country. The least we can do is make the job hunt easier so they can provide for their families as they settle into their new homes."
The bill directs the several professional and occupational licensing boards in the Division of Consumer Affairs to establish criteria for the issuance of a temporary courtesy license to a nonresident military spouse so that said spouse may lawfully practice the profession or occupation regulated by that board on a temporary basis, subject to the requirements of the bill where applicable.
A nonresident military spouse who applies for a temporary courtesy license is entitle to receive said license, if, when applicable, he or she:
A board may require a nonresident military spouse who has not been actively practicing the profession in another jurisdiction during the two years immediately preceding the application to undergo additional training, testing, mentoring, monitoring or education should it deem it necessary.
The bill was approved 78-0 by the Assembly on Monday, and 38-0 by the Senate in November.
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