NFIB joined Gov. Doug Ducey and others at a signing ceremony for House Bill 2569, today, at the State Capitol. With Ducey’s signature on the measure, authored by Rep. Warren Petersen, Arizona became the first state in the nation with universal recognition of occupational licenses from other states.
“Universal Recognition is the near-automatic acknowledgement of out-of-state licenses within Arizona,” according to a fact sheet issued by the governor’s office. “Implementing universal licensing would recognize that a person does not lose their skills or qualifications simply because they moved to our state. For example, under our plan, if you’re a licensed nurse in Washington, your expertise would be recognized here in Arizona. This plan increases opportunity for new Arizonans and addresses shortages in critical-need areas, including healthcare professions.”
The new law could not come at a better time, said NFIB Arizona State Director Chad Heinrich. “Our members are telling us that finding qualified workers to fill positions is the single most pressing problem today. Through this policy, Arizona recognizes employees who move to Arizona with an occupational license from another state and accepts that state’s license in Arizona. This allows the employee to hit the ground running for employers in Arizona. One hundred thousand people will move to Arizona this year. We have a job open for every one of them. This bill will help employers continue to grow their business in Arizona while easing the transition for employees moving to our state.”
A landing page with more information and some media articles has been created by the governor’s office.
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