IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
April 13, 2021
Mr. Lee (for himself, Mr. Barrasso, Mr. Tillis, Mrs. Hyde-Smith, Mr. Cotton, Mr. Daines, Mrs. Blackburn, Mr. Boozman, Mr. Rubio, Mr. Cramer, Mr. Braun, Mr. Paul, Mr. Thune, Ms. Murkowski, Ms. Lummis, Mr. Hoeven, Mr. Romney, Mrs. Feinstein, Mr. Cruz, Mr. Moran, Mr. Wicker, Ms. Ernst, and Mr. Risch) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services
To amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to provide for the portability of professional licenses of members of the uniformed services and their spouses, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Military Spouse Licensing Relief Act of 2021.
Portability of professional licenses of members of the uniformed services and their spouses
Title VII of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (50 U.S.C. 4021 et seq.) is amended by inserting after section 705 (50 U.S.C. 4025) the following new section:
Portability of professional licenses of servicemembers and their spouses
In any case in which a servicemember has a professional license in good standing in a jurisdiction or the spouse of a servicemember has a professional license in good standing in a jurisdiction and such servicemember or spouse relocates his or her residency because of military orders for military service to a location that is not in such jurisdiction, the professional license or certification of such servicemember or spouse shall be considered valid at a similar scope of practice and in the discipline applied for in the jurisdiction of such new residency for the duration of such military orders if such servicemember or spouse—
provides a copy of such military orders to the licensing authority in the jurisdiction in which the new residency is located;
remains in good standing with the licensing authority that issued the license; and
submits to the authority of the licensing authority in the new jurisdiction for the purposes of standards of practice, discipline, and fulfillment of any continuing education requirements.
Interstate licensure compacts
If a servicemember or spouse of a servicemember is licensed and able to operate in multiple jurisdictions through an interstate licensure compact, with respect to services provided in the jurisdiction of the interstate licensure compact by a licensee covered by such compact, the servicemember or spouse of a servicemember shall be subject to the requirements of the compact or the applicable provisions of law of the applicable State and not this section.
The table of contents in section 1(b) of such Act is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 705 the following new item:
Sec. 705A. Portability of professional licenses of servicemembers and their spouses.