Senate passes legislation to help service members and spouses earn professional licenses
Members of the armed services and their spouses who are stationed in Illinois may soon have an easier time finding work in their field, due to legislation co-sponsored by State Senator Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo).
“This will help service members and their spouses, who are already licensed in other states, to be able to work in the same fields while stationed in Illinois,” said Schimpf. “This will be especially helpful for spouses who already have to sacrifice so much in their careers to support their loved ones.”
House Bill 1652 creates an expedited professional license application process for service members and their spouses. The applicant must be licensed in another state, stationed in Illinois, and otherwise eligible for licensure in this state.
The legislation will also require the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to designate a staff member to serve as a military liaison to review and report on the process of the expedited licensure program.
House bill 1652 passed the Senate unanimously and is now headed back to the House for a concurrence vote.