Prefiled bill aims to assist military spouses with work in Alaska

 Capitol Building in Juneau, Alaska
Capitol Building in Juneau, Alaska (KTUU)
Published: Jan. 10, 2018 at 5:55 PM AKST
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A prefiled bill aims to expedite the process to allow military spouses to use their occupational licenses from other states in Alaska.

House Bill 262 would require the state's department of commerce, community and economic development to provide progress reports to the legislature and track how temporary courtesy occupations licenses are used.

Current law already provides for giving temporary courtesy licenses to military spouses.

Representative Scott Kawasaki (D), of Fairbanks who prefiled the bill said the legislation will ensure the department will follow up with individuals so they're able to get their expedited permits and expedited licenses.

"What this does is it allows for folks who would already be licensed in their own state to be also licensed in this state and I think with the fact that a person could be transplanted across the 50 states and other countries having a military spouse that has those types of skills is a value to the state of Alaska," Kawasaki said.

If approved, the law could go into effect 90 days after it's passed.