Senate District 22
Larry Obhof
Senate Bill Easing Employment Transitions for Military Spouses Signed into Law
January 27, 2020
COLUMBUS—Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) today joined Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton for the signing of Senate Bill 7, which will ease employment transitions for military husbands and wives who relocate to Ohio with their active-duty spouses.

Senate Bill 7, which Obhof co-sponsored, will generally require occupational licensing boards to reciprocate other states’ licenses for spouses of servicemen and women stationed in Ohio.

“Our military families make sacrifices every day to serve our country,” said Obhof. “Our communities benefit from their expertise and contributions, and Senate Bill 7 is a meaningful way for us to welcome them to Ohio and help provide for their families’ stability.”

The bill allows agencies to issue certificates for up to six years, giving individuals substantial time to become licensed under Ohio law, while still enabling them to practice their professions upon relocation to the state. This aims to solve a primary issue reported by service members when they transfer to a new location for duty as many military spouses with an occupational license require a renewal or re-issuance of their license upon moving to a new state.

Identified as a priority by the Department of Defense, the legislation could impact Ohio’s competitiveness in attracting new missions for Ohio’s many military bases.

Deputy Under Secretary of Defense William Bushman, Congressman Mike Turner, state Senators Bob Hackett (R-London) and Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) also attended the bill signing, as well as several members of the military and their spouses.
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