Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today signed House Bill 4151, relating to military spousal licensure. This legislation will assist military spouses navigate the professional licensure and certification requirements in West Virginia--easing the burdens faced by military spouses obtaining a professional license or certification when moving to West Virginia.
"We must do all we can to support the families of the military men and women who dedicate their lives to serving our country--especially those families locating to West Virginia for the first time," Gov. Tomblin said. "I believe through this legislation, we will help to ease the burdens faced by military spouses obtaining a professional license or certification in West Virginia. I'm truly grateful for the Commission's efforts to help make this legislation a reality and the Legislature's support of this bill."
"It was an honor to work with Co-Chair Amy Hoyer and our fellow commission members to find solutions to license portability issues in the Mountain State," First Lady Tomblin said. "We are incredibly grateful for the genuine support and dedication shown by the Governor throughout his creation of the commission and his acceptance of our recommendations. We are confident that this legislation will help him and other state leaders to better serve those who have given so much for us."
House Bill 4151 will:
* provide temporary licensure options for military spouses so they may begin working in West Virginia within a month of applying for a license;
* allow boards to customize temporary licensure and fee waiver procedures;
* allow boards to require criminal history background checks of temporary licensure applicants and deny any application based on safety risks to the public;
* and waive temporary licensure fees if a military spouse applicant has paid a fee for an out-of-state license within six months of filing an application in West Virginia.
Gov. Tomblin established the Commission on Military Spousal Licensure through Executive Order 4-13, to analyze, review and identify new and innovative ways to better assist military spouses whose professions require state licensure or certification. The Commission presented their recommendations to the governor last December.