Raleigh, NC – Today the North Carolina State Senate Finance Committee passed, by voice vote, the “Ease Occupational Licensing Burdens on Military Families,” or SB8, a bill, which would ease occupational licensing burdens on military families in the state. If fully enacted, the measure would allow military members and their spouses to practice their professions under licensure from another state while transitioning to the requirements of the licensing boards of North Carolina.
Bill sponsor State Senator Andy Wells (R) has said that “the point of this bill is to make this state as military friendly as possible.”
This last month, dozens of Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) North Carolina state staffers and volunteers have helped to advance this critical reform by making calls to urge state legislators to pass this bipartisan bill as soon as possible.
Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) North Carolina Coalitions Director John Byrnes issued the following statement:
“We’re encouraged to see this bill moving through the state legislature with strong bipartisan support so quickly. If passed, the bill would be a huge step to removing the barriers to opportunity for the military community in North Carolina. Party politics aside, everyone should be able to get behind a bill that allows our servicemen and women and their spouses a fair shot at joining the workforce as they move from base to base and transition into civilian life.
“CVA activists will continue to put pressure on state policymakers until the measure is passed through General Assembly. We urge the State Senate to pass this bill without delay so we can get this to the Governor’s desk as soon as possible.”