OKLAHOMA CITY – A bill increasing the mobility of professional and occupational licensing across state lines passed unanimously out of the Senate on Wednesday. House Bill 2873, a win for Oklahoma workers, consumers and the economy, embodies fairness to those moving to Oklahoma with similar education, training and skills as well as to in-state Oklahoma professionals.
Authored by Sen. James Leewright, R-Bristow, and Rep. Kevin Wallace, R-Wellston, the measure universally recognizes the education, training and skills required and earned in another state by giving appropriate credit in Oklahoma in a framework able to withstand legal challenges, while providing a solid economic environment in which businesses can flourish and business owners can make and carry out their business plan.
“This bill is good policy because it paves the way for licensees coming to Oklahoma while treating in-state applicants fairly,” Leewright said. “It will stabilize the Oklahoma business environment and promote economic opportunities while continuing to protect the health, safety and welfare of our citizens.”
The measure was developed in conjunction with the governor and other industry leaders.
“In order to promote growth and recovery, a skilled workforce is essential,” Wallace said. “We need to encourage the best to come and work in Oklahoma while continuing to value Oklahoma business. This bill puts us ahead of the nation and shows we are pro-business. I appreciate Senator Leewright for all his work and dedication in helping to carry this pro-business bill in the Senate. I’m hopeful the governor will soon sign it into law.”
The bill now awaits signature from the governor. If signed, it would take effect on Nov. 1, 2021.
For more information, contact: Sen. Leewright at 405-521-5528 or James.Leewright@oksenate.gov