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AB-703 Professions and vocations: licenses: fee waivers.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/15/2017 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 703


Introduced by Assembly Member Flora

February 15, 2017


An act to add Section 115.7 to the Business and Professions Code, relating to professions and vocations.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 703, as introduced, Flora. Professions and vocations: licenses: fee waivers.
Existing law provides for the licensure and regulation of various professions and vocations by boards within the Department of Consumer Affairs. Existing law requires a board within the department to expedite the licensure process for an applicant who is married to, or 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 if the applicant holds a current license in the same profession or vocation in another state, district, or territory. Existing law also requires a board to issue temporary licenses in specified professions to applicants as described above if certain requirements are met.
This bill would require every board within the Department of Consumer Affairs to grant a fee waiver for application and issuance of an initial license for an applicant who is married to, or in a domestic partnership or other legal union with, an active duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States if the applicant holds a current license in the same profession or vocation in another state, district, or territory. The bill would require that an applicant be granted fee waivers for both the application for and issuance of a license if the board charges fees for both. The bill would prohibit fee waivers from being issued for renewal of a license, for an additional license, a certificate, a registration, or a permit associated with the initial license, or for the application for an examination.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 115.7 is added to the Business and Professions Code, to read:

115.7.
 (a) Notwithstanding any other law, every board within the department of Consumer Affairs shall grant a fee waiver for the application for and issuance of an initial license to an applicant who does both of the following:
(1) Supplies satisfactory evidence of being married to, or in a domestic partnership or other legal union with an active duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States.
(2) Holds a current, active, and unrestricted license that confers upon him or her the authority to practice, in another state, district, or territory of the United States, the profession or vocation for which he or she seeks a license from the board.
(b) If a board charges a fee for the application for a license and another fee for the issuance of a license, the applicant shall be granted fee waivers for both the application for and issuance of a license.
(c) A fee waiver shall not be issued for any of the following:
(1) Renewal of an existing California license.
(2) The application for and issuance of an additional license, a certificate, a registration, or a permit associated with the initial license.
(3) The application for an examination.