by Todd DeFeo
Gov. Mike DeWine signed into law Senate Bill 7, which proponents say will ease employment transitions for military husbands and wives who relocate to Ohio with their active-duty spouses.
The law, which the governor signed during a ceremony at the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, requires occupational licensing boards to reciprocate other states’ licenses for the spouses of servicemen and women who are stationed in Ohio.
The bill allows agencies to issue certificates for up to six years, giving individuals time to become licensed under Ohio law, while still enabling them to practice their professions upon relocation to the state, officials said.
The Buckeye Institute, an Ohio-based free market think tank, championed the legislation.
“The families of those who are serving our country should not be deprived of the right to earn a living by needless regulation,” Buckeye Institute President and CEO Robert Alt said in a statement. “The Buckeye Institute is proud to have spearheaded this reform in Ohio, and looks forward to working with other states and the federal government to streamline licensing for military spouses across the country.”
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