AN ACT TO EXPEDITE OCCUPATIONAL LICENSURE FOR MILITARY SPOUSES; TO PUBLICIZE LICENSURE INFORMATION; TO REPORT DATA REGARDING APPLICANTS WHO ARE MILITARY SPOUSES AND APPLICANTS THAT HAVE MILITARY TRAINING, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM EVALUATION OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE; AND TO ESTABLISH THE INTERSTATE COMPACT FOR THE PRACTICE OF AUDIOLOGY AND SPEECH PATHOLOGY.
Amends GS 93B-15.1 regarding licensure for individuals with military training and experience or military spouses. Makes organizational changes to separate the notification requirements for occupational licensing boards that find the military trained applicant or the military spouse applicant does not satisfy the licensure, certification, or registration requirements; however, the existing requirements remain for both applicants. Adds that an occupational licensing board must notify a military spouse applicant who has a pending complaint with the respective licensing agency in another jurisdiction within 30 days of the board's receipt of written notice of the disposition of the pending complaint.
Further amends the statute by adding to the information each occupational licensing board must publish to its website, currently limited to licensure, registration, or certification criteria, to include a document that contains a summary of the opportunities available to veterans and military spouses under the statute’s provisions. Additionally, requires the Secretary of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to publish on the Department’s website both documents occupational licensing boards are required to publish on its website under the statute (previously, required licensure criteria to be published on the Department’s website, but did not place this responsibility on the Secretary).
Amends GS 93B-2 regarding annual reporting requirements for occupational licensing boards. Adds to the required contents of the annual reports, requiring occupational licensing boards to report on the following data for both military trained applicants and military spouses: the number of applicants, the number granted a license, the number denied a license for any reason, and a summary of the reasons for denial. Prohibits disclosure of any identifying information of any applicant in reporting this information. Additionally, amends GS 93B-15.1 to require the State Board of Education to report this same information regarding teacher licensure for military trained applicants and military spouses. Lastly, amends GS 93B-2 to require all occupational licensing boards to annually electronically file the information collected on military trained applicants and military spouses with the Secretary of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.
Requires each occupational licensing board to include the newly required reporting criteria under GS 93B-2, as amended, for fiscal year 2019-20 in annual reports by October 31, 2021.
Effective December 1, 2020, and applies to applications for licensure received on or after that date.
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