Universal Licensing Recognition Act Passes House
Mike Seals - March 4, 2021 10:59 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY – A bill reducing barriers to licensing for people and businesses moving to Oklahoma passed out of the House on Wednesday evening. Building on Oklahoma’s business-friendly environment, this bill promotes license mobility and recognition of the education and experience earned in other states. By passing this bill, Oklahoma is leading the nation and creating a model for license mobility other states can use.
House Bill 2873 would be a win for Oklahoma through infusing Oklahoma’s workforce and economy while continuing to safeguard consumers.
HB 2873 by Rep. Kevin Wallace, R-Wellston, would make it better for those with professional and occupational license holders moving to Oklahoma to be able to begin working immediately. The bill gives credit when credit is due in a way that provides fairness for all.
“In order to promote growth and recovery, a skilled workforce is essential,” stated Wallace. “We need to encourage the best to come and work in Oklahoma while continuing to value Oklahoma business. This bill puts us ahead of the nation and shows we are pro-business.”
Following previous Military legislative reforms allowing recognition of education and experience gained while serving their country, Wallace worked with the Governor, Senate, and Industry leaders to come to the best solution for the State to expand license recognition.
House Bill 2873 passed out of the House with a vote of 93-0 and now moves to the state Senate where it is authored by Sen. James Leewright, R-Bristow. This bill would become effective Nov. 1 once the governor signs it.
Kevin Wallace represents District 32 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, which includes Lincoln County and part of Logan County.