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    States Must Recognize Military Spouses’ Job Licenses After Moves Under New Law

    States Must Recognize Military Spouses’ Job Licenses After Moves Under New Law

    spouses could have an easier time transferring their professional licenses during future military moves under a newly enacted law.

    Under the law, states must recognize service members and spouses' valid professional licenses from other states for any job except for law licenses if they moved because of military orders.

    The provision was tucked into the Veterans Auto and Education Improvement Act, which President Joe Biden signed into law Thursday after Congress cleared the measure in the closing days of its session last month.

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    The bill largely revolves around ensuring veterans don't lose GI Bill benefits if schools have to close in a future emergency like they did for the -19 pandemic, but also includes a grab bag of other policies related to veterans and military families.

    Among the added provisions is the one that aims to remove hurdles to transferring professional licenses to a new location after a permanent change of station move, a process that can be time consuming and expensive and leave military spouses dejected or unemployed. The measure specifically excludes law licenses, a touchy topic between states as there are inconsistent rules on reciprocity for lawyers.

    About 35% of active-duty spouses require state-issued licenses for their careers, according to the Defense Department's 2019 Survey of Active Duty Spouses, the most…

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