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Professional licensing reciprocity bill passes ND Legislature

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The Legislature has passed and sent to Gov. Doug Burgum a bill that makes it easier for military spouses who have professional licenses issued by other states to receive North Dakota licenses.

It’s an issue Burgum has advocated. He talked about it in his "State of the State" address.

The measure also contains language for a Commerce Department study of North Dakota licensing boards.

"They're (the military) now using 'quality of life' metrics, as they determine base closures," said the bill's sponsor, Sen. Scott Meyer (R-Grand Forks).

Meyer said North Dakota needs to make sure it is taking care of the families of the military members.

"That spouse is typically the one staying behind, because they have to button up the house and move, and take care of the kids," Meyer said. "If it becomes onerous to transfer their licenses, sometimes they don't come with."

Meyer said it helps a workforce need – and it could entice people to stay in North Dakota after retirement from the military.

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