Texas: Governor Abbott Expands Occupational Licensing Reciprocity For Military Servicemembers, Families

AUSTIN ~ Governor Greg Abbott of Texas has directed state agencies to adopt administrative changes in line with Senate Bill 422 from the 88th Legislative Session and the federal Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. This is to expand out-of-state occupational licensing reciprocity for U.S. military servicemembers and their spouses in Texas.

In a memo, Governor Abbott said, "To keep Texas a national leader in supporting our men and women in the military and removing barriers to employment, I am directing Texas state agencies that issue occupational licenses that have not already done so to immediately begin the process of adopting administrative rules in line with the changes established in Senate Bill 422."

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In 2019, Governor Abbott signed legislation recognizing out-of-state occupational licenses for military spouses when certain criteria are met to help them gain employment. Senate Bill 422 expands the licensing reciprocity to servicemembers beginning September 1, 2023. The Governor's memo also directs agencies to review 50 U.S.C. § 4025a, evaluate their occupational licensing policies and rules, and implement any changes needed under that law.

The Governor concluded his memo by saying, "Working together, we will provide servicemembers and their families with the license portability they so richly deserve and have earned."

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