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Sen. Mike Lee Introduces Bill To Help Military Families

Utah Senator Mike Lee introduced the Military Spouse Licensing Relief Act on Wednesday — legislation that would give military spouses with valid professional licenses in one state reciprocity in the state where their spouse is serving on military orders. According to Lee, military spouses are forced to pay thousands of dollars to obtain licensure each time they move to new states because of all the different licensing laws in each state. He said this bill will “help lift that unjust burden on our military families – who sacrifice so much to protect our nation – by ensuring that spouses can receive the licensing reciprocity they need across state lines.”


Rep. Mike Garcia from California shares Lee’s optimism for the bill, saying “military families have enough things to worry about.” He said worrying about professional licensing is unnecessary. 


In order to receive reciprocity, a license must be in good standing. The spouse must also comply with the state’s standards of practice, discipline and fulfillment of any continuing education requirements. The bill does not preempt the states’ rightful authority to set their own licensing standards.

Tyler Hewitt is the web/social media assistant at UPR. He writes stories every day, updates the website and manages the station's Twitter and Facebook pages. Tyler is a senior at Utah State University and is studying public relations, marketing, and psychology. He loves to write, listen to music, play video games, play tennis and hang out with his fiancé and cat, Juno. He is a great plant dad and recently started collecting vinyl records!