Governor Ducey signs bill recognizing occupational licenses from other states

Phoenix – Arizona Governor, Doug Ducey, signed legislation yesterday making Arizona the first state in the nation to recognize occupational licenses from other states.

House Bill 2569 provides universal recognition for occupational licenses from other states. The objective of the law is to remove barriers for employment for trained, qualified professionals moving to Arizona. Ducey says the new law will make it easier for licensed professionals to get work in Arizona without having to wade through costly red tape, while still protecting public health and safety.

The new law is not intended to create a haven in the state for licensed professionals who have put their license in jeopardy in another state. The recognition of licenses from other states does not apply for persons who have had their license or certificate revoked, has voluntarily surrendered their license or is under investigation for unprofessional conduct. In order to qualify for recognition the license holder must not have had any discipline imposed by any other regulating entity. Out of state licenses of such people will not be recognized until the matter is resolved. Any complaints against the licensee must also be resolved before recognition is granted.

According to a press release from the governor’s office, Arizona is anticipating an influx of 100,000 new residents this year. With more jobs available than there are people to fill them.

Ducey says this legislation is about the little guy – the single mom looking to make ends meet…the entrepreneur looking to start a new business, the young person looking to start a career.

“We know there’s dignity in all work,” says Ducey. “And whether you make your living as a plumber, a barber, a nurse or anything else, you don’t lose your skills simply because you moved here. That’s what this bill is all about.

“We are proud to yet again be setting a model for the nation – one where Republicans and Democrats know how to work together to do the things that matter,” Ducey said.