Assemblymember Salas Pushes Forward Expansion of Jobs for Military Spouses

AB 107 passes with bipartisan support out of the Senate Business Committee

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SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) applauded the advancement of Assembly Bill (AB) 107, which passed with bipartisan support out of the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee. AB 107 will expedite the process of relicensing certain jobs for military spouses and expand the job opportunities that military spouses qualify for, while easing the burdens placed on families serving our nation.

 

“We must do more for military spouses, who are six times more likely to be unemployed, find a job so that they can put food on the table,” said Assemblymember Salas. “Transferring professional licenses that spouses have earned should be a seamless process to ensure our military families can thrive in California.”

 

Approximately 35 percent of military spouses work in a profession that requires a license in order to be employed. Although a spouse may be licensed for a job in one state, when they move to California, the process of transferring a license can take an unnecessarily long amount of time.

 

“I speak from personal and professional experience, the military spouse does not choose to uproot their professional career every 3-4 years because it is beneficial,” said Steven Mauro, a military spouse and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. “The military spouse chooses to uproot their professional career because of their commitment to their spouse and their spouse’s commitment to our country. AB107 will prevent military spouses from losing thousands of dollars in salary, lost time job searching, and ease stressful transitions for future professionals.”

 

“Military spouses are disproportionately affected by varying state-specific licensure requirements that can cause delays and gaps in employment, with over 34 percent of the working population requiring state licensure to practice in their professions.,” stated Kelli May Douglas, Defense of Defense, Pacific Southwest Regional Liaison.

 

Jobs such as accountants, auditors, and dental assistants rank among the top occupations for military spouses, yet these licenses are not currently included in the expedited licensing program in California. AB 107 would address this issue by adding these professions and others to the licensing program to enable military spouses to more quickly gain employment in a number of important jobs in California.

 

AB 107 will now head to the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.