AN ACT TO EXPEDITE OCCUPATIONAL LICENSURE FOR MILITARY SPOUSES, PUBLICIZE LICENSURE INFORMATION, AND REPORT DATA REGARDING APPLICANTS WHO ARE MILITARY SPOUSES AND APPLICANTS THAT HAVE MILITARY TRAINING, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM EVALUATION OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE.
Senate committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes.
Amends GS 93B-15.1 regarding licensure for individuals with military training and experience or military spouses. Extends the applicability throughout the statute so that it also includes State agency licensing boards. Shortens the time period by which an occupational licensing board or state agency licensing board must either issue a license, certification, or registration, or notify a military-trained applicant when their military training or experience does not satisfy the necessary criteria, from 30 days to 7 business days after receiving an application. Also shortens the time by which the board must notify an applicant when the applicant has a pending complaint from 30 days to 7 business days following the board receiving written notice of the disposition of the pending complaint. Makes the same changes to the those time periods as they apply to military spouse applications. Requires the licensing board, within the required time frame, to either issue a license, certification, or registration or notify an applicant when an applicant's training or experience does not satisfy the necessary requirements and specify the criteria or requirements that the board determined the applicant failed to meet and the basis for that determination (previously did not refer to the issuance of a license, certification, or registration). Requires temporary practice permits to a military-trained applicant or military spouse meeting the specified requirements to be issued within 7 business days after receiving an application. Requires the practice permit to be issued using the same information provided by the applicant in the licensure application. Allows a temporary practice permit to be denied or revoked for a pending complaint after providing the required notice.
Amends GS 93B-2 to also require State agency licensing boards to file collected information with the Secretary of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs annually. Also expands upon the information that must be included in each State agency licensing board's annual report to the Secretary of State, Attorney General, and specified NCGA committee, to now also include the number of applicants: (1) with military training, the number granted or denied a license, and a summary of the reasons for denial and (2) who are military spouses, the number granted or denied a license, and a summary of the reasons for denial. Prohibits this information from disclosing any identifying information of any applicant.
Requires each State agency licensing board, by October 31, 2021, to include the data now specified in this act under GS 93B-2, for fiscal year 2019-20 in the required annual report.
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