August 30, 2012 (Sacramento)—A bill by Assemblymember Marty Block, AD-78, that requires the California Department of Consumer Affairs to expedite professional licensure for the spouses and domestic partners of active duty military service members, tonight passed the Assembly Floor on a 78-0 vote.
“The spouses and partners of our military families make great sacrifices – relocating frequently and interrupting their own career paths and earning power,” Block said. “Helping spouses re-establish their careers aids our military families financially and has the added benefit of putting talented and licensed individuals to work in our state.”
The White House put forward 50 commitments in January to coordinate a comprehensive approach to supporting military families, including expanding career opportunities for military spouses.
Many occupations require a state license, often with state-specific conditions and processes, which can cause lengthy re-employment delays for military spouses moving between states. AB 1904 would expedite the licensure process for military spouses with a current, valid license in their career field from another jurisdiction.
“The time and cost associated with transferring a professional license every time a service member relocates from one state to another can be lengthy, expensive and can hinder a spouse or domestic partner in their job search,” said Block. “Adapting to a new state, new assignment and new routine is taxing enough on military families, and this bill will make that adjustment a little easier for these families.”
Assemblymember Marty Block represents the cities and communities of Bonita, Chula Vista, Lemon Grove, San Diego and Spring Valley.
Web site: http://www.asmdc.org/block