Universal license recognition gaining momentum

Friday, July 3, 2020
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

signing a marriage licenseMississippi recently joined the list of states that recognize out-of-state occupational licenses of people married to military service members.

Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), says since military families move more than other people, this change is "extremely helpful to make it easier for military families."

Norquist contends that a licensed professional in one state should be a licensed professional in another state without having to spend time and money on another license.

"It is ridiculous to have to start over again every time you cross a state line," he continues. "Driver licenses in one state are good in another state. You're much more likely to hurt somebody in another state with your driver's license than your license as an interior decorator or some of the ridiculous things that there are licenses for."

Meanwhile, states viewed as friendly to military families are a top priority of the Pentagon when deciding whether to increase the number of people at a military base.

Norquist

"At the top of that list is can the spouse show up and on day one continue his or her career without having to go pay fees, wait in line, take tests," says Norquist.

Some states have passed universal recognition laws for occupational licenses, regardless of whether a person is in a military family.

"The ones that have passed it most recently for the military are Mississippi, Ohio, [and] Louisiana," Norquist reports. "I think in the next three to four years you will actually see almost all 50 states have universal recognition of licenses from one state to another."

The Military Family Freedom Act, or Senate Bill 2117, has been signed into law by Governor Tate Reeves (R-Mississippi).

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