Washington State

House of Representatives

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Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs Committee

HB 1978

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Brief Description: Requiring annual reporting on the implementation of laws to streamline licensing processes for military service members and their spouses.

Sponsors: Representatives Kilduff, McCabe, Ryu, Muri, Orwall and Reeves.

Brief Summary of Bill

  • Requires the Department of Licensing and Health to report to the Legislature on the progress implementing the licensing process for military spouses with out-of-state professional licenses.

Hearing Date: 2/15/17

Staff: Sean Flynn (786-7124).


In 2011 the Legislature directed the Departments of Licensing and Health (Departments) to establish procedures for expediting licensing, certification, or registration in certain business and health-related professions for spouses of military members subject to an interstate transfer who have a professional license for such professional services in another state. Each authorizing board or commission within the Departments must develop rules to issue a temporary license to allow the military spouse with an out-of-state professional license to practice in-state for a period of time, while completing any additional reporting or licensing requirements that were not required in the prior state.

The Washington State Military Transition Council (Council) was created in 2013 by executive order to develop innovative ideas to increase veteran employment opportunities by connecting state agencies with other governmental entities, private and nonprofit organizations, as well as the Department of Defense. The Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs is the Chair of the Council.

The Joint Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs (JCVMA) was created in 2005 to study issues related to veterans and military forces, as well as the administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Military Department. The JCVMA conducts meetings during the legislative interim and makes recommendations to the Legislature for consideration during the upcoming legislative session.

Summary of Bill:

The Departments of Licensing and Health must submit biennial reports to the Legislature and the Council to provide updates on the progress of implementing the licensing process for military spouses with out-of-state professional licenses. The Departments also must appear annually before the JCVMA to provide progress reports.

Appropriation: None.

Fiscal Note: Requested on 2/13/17.

Effective Date: The bill takes effect 90 days after adjournment of the session in which the bill is passed.