Governor Polis signs legislation cutting red tape around occupational licensure, will assist in efforts to permanently acquire headquarters of U.S. Space Command
DENVER - Governor Jared Polis today signed House Bill 20-1326: “Concerning an Expansion of an Individual’s Ability to Practice an Occupation in Colorado through Creation of an Occupational Credential Portability Program.”
This bill, which was brought forth by the Division of Professions and Occupations within the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), and sponsored by Representatives Shannon Bird and Kevin Van Winkle and Senators Pete Lee and Bob Gardner, centralizes the credentialing process for individuals licensed in other states who wish to practice in Colorado. Importantly, this legislation includes a provision for licensure portability for military spouses, which will be key in Colorado’s efforts to become the permanent location of the United States Space Command.
“Individuals who have earned occupational licensure now comprise over 20 percent of Colorado’s economy, and if we want to continue growing and thriving, we need to commit to making the process of moving to and finding employment in our state as seamless as possible,” DORA Executive Director Patty Salazar said. “Our Division of Professions and Occupations, charged with overseeing over 50 individual licensing programs that include healthcare, personal services, field services, and more, has been undertaking initiatives in recent years to cut red tape and further consolidate our services, and we are excited to get to work on this effort.”
House Bill 20-1326 creates an occupational credential portability program within DORA that will enable regulators to more quickly and easily approve licensure for qualified individuals. This will supplement and facilitate existing reciprocity agreements and compacts used by the state, such as the Nurse Licensure Compact and the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. The new program will also be charged with streamlining licensure for military spouses by allowing those already licensed in another state or U.S. jurisdiction to obtain a three-year temporary license so they can begin practicing their profession while they work to fulfill Colorado-specific requirements.
The Division of Professions and Occupations will undertake rulemaking in the coming year that will map out additional methods whereby the new occupational credential portability program can streamline efforts and ease regulatory burden on those seeking to transfer an out-of-state license to Colorado.