Ducey signs bill recognizing out-of-state occupational licenses

Photo by Jerod MacDonald-Evoy | Arizona Mirror

Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation on Wednesday making Arizona the first state in the country to recognize out-of-state occupational licenses, arriving at a signing ceremony in front of the Executive Tower in a moving truck to signify the new opportunities for people moving to the state.

House Bill 2569, sponsored by Rep. Warren Petersen, a Gilbert Republican, allows people with occupational licenses from other states to practice their trades in Arizona without obtaining new license after moving here.

“We know that there’s dignity in all work. And we know that whether you make your living as a plumber, a barber, a nurse or anything else, you don’t lose your skills simply because you pack up a U-Haul truck and make a decision to move to Arizona,” Ducey said at the signing ceremony in front of the Executive Tower.

Under the bill, regulatory agencies can still require a person with an out-of-state license to pass an examination on pertinent Arizona laws, if one is part of Arizona’s licensing requirement.

Ducey has made occupational licensing reform one of his top issues since taking office in 2015. He touted recognition of out-of-state licenses in his state of the state address in January.

Jeremy Duda
Associate Editor Jeremy Duda is a Phoenix native and began his career in journalism in 2003 after graduating from the University of Arizona. Prior to joining the Arizona Mirror, he worked at the Arizona Capitol Times, where he spent eight years covering the Governor's Office and two years as editor of the Yellow Sheet Report. Before that, he wrote for the Hobbs News-Sun of Hobbs, NM, and the Daily Herald of Provo, Utah. Jeremy is also the author of the history book “If This Be Treason: the American Rogues and Rebels Who Walked the Line Between Dissent and Betrayal.”


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