Today's Law As Amended


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AB-2185 Professions and vocations: applicants licensed in other states: reciprocity.(2019-2020)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 117 is added to the Business and Professions Code, to read:

117.
 (a) Notwithstanding any law, each board within the department shall issue a license in the discipline for which the applicant applies if the applicant meets all of the following requirements:
(1) The person is married to, or is in a domestic partnership or other legal union with, an active duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States who is assigned to a duty station in this state under official active duty military orders.
(2) The person currently holds a license in good standing in another state in the discipline and practice level and with the same scope of practice for which the person is applying.
(3) The person has held the license and has practiced in the licensed field in another state or jurisdiction for at least three of the last five years.
(4) The person has not had any disciplinary actions imposed against their license and has not had a license in the discipline for which the person is applying revoked or suspended in any other state.
(5) The person submits verification that they have gained licensure in the other state and holds that license in good standing, and those requirements are deemed similar to the standards required for licensure in this state by the appropriate licensing board.
(6) The person would not be denied licensure under any other provision of this code, including, but not limited to, disqualification for criminal history relating to the license sought.
(7) The person pays all applicable fees for licensure and complies with any applicable surety bond and insurance requirements.
(8) If required by the board, the person has passed a California jurisprudence and ethics examination otherwise required for applicants by the board on the statutes and regulations relating to the license.
(b) This section shall not supersede any other reciprocity agreement, compact membership, or statute that provides reciprocity for a person who holds a valid license in another state.
(c) This section shall not apply to the Board of Registered Nursing or any other board that currently authorizes license portability as a component of qualifying for licensure in this state, and the Board of Behavioral Sciences or any other board that has a mandatory license portability requirement in statute. License portability is defined as either providing a license by endorsement with verification of an out-of-state license in good standing, or exempting state-specific requirements to facilitate a practitioner’s ability to obtain a license and practice in multiple jurisdictions.
(d) Notwithstanding any law, the fees, fines, penalties, or other money received by a board pursuant to this section shall not be continuously appropriated and shall be available only upon appropriation by the legislature.
SEC. 2.
 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.