COLORADO SPRINGS — On Thursday afternoon Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers conducted a short ceremony in honor of Rep. Terri Carver, for her work in passing HB20-1326.
“It allows our military spouses to easily transfer their licenses and continue their careers,” Reggie Ash, the Chief Defense Development Officer at Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC said.
The bill addresses allowing for the portability of occupational and professional licenses for military spouses who relocate to Colorado from other states. Mayor Suthers said it was a push from both El Paso County State Representative Terri Carver and the Military Spouse Career Coalition.
“It’s military spouses who had licenses in other states then moved to Colorado and found it was extremely difficult to practice their profession,” Carver said.
According to a nonpartisan memo created by legislative council:
“For most professions licensed under DORA, a military spouse who has been relocated to Colorado by military orders and has an active license in good standing from another state may practice under a temporary license for up to one year from the date he or she moved to Colorado.”
The memo also states:
“Colorado has various mechanisms for issuing credentials to professionals credentialed in another
state, including endorsements, reciprocity, and interstate compacts.”
According to messaging from the City of Colorado Springs, the bill “further elevates the [city’s] position as a military-friendly community by creating portability of licenses for professions regulated by DORA.”
The city said the bill is “vital to military spouses who relocate frequently.”
Mayor Suthers said the bill will also advance Colorado Springs chances to become home to the U.S. Space Command Force.
“In the process of evaluating potential locations for the U.S. Space Command, 15% is assigned to something called community support,” Mayor Suthers said.