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Governor signs reciprocity bill for military members, spouses

Written on May 1, 2020

Hannah News Service

Gov. Mike DeWine on Jan. 27 signed a bill that eliminates certain employment barriers for military families stationed in Ohio.

Senate Bill 7, sponsored by Sens. Bob Hackett, R-London, and Peggy Lehner, R-Kettering, gives military members and their spouses better employment opportunities by simplifying the process to transfer their occupational licenses to Ohio. The bill mandates state licensing agencies to issue licenses or certificates to military members and spouses who already hold a valid license to practice a trade or profession in another state.

"Military service is a high calling that brings with it many benefits, however, frequent relocations can place a burden on military families – particularly on the spouses whose jobs require a license or certificate such as teachers, nurses, dental assistants and home health aides," DeWine said. "Military families are vital to our state and nation, and this new law will eliminate the red tape they encounter when relocating to Ohio and resuming their careers here."

SB7 requires licenses to be issued in a timely manner and at no cost to military members and their spouses who hold valid credentials in another state.

The new law becomes effective April 26.