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JACKSON, MS — Americans for Prosperity-Mississippi (AFP-MS) today applauded the legislature’s passage of HB 1263, a bill seeking to make it easier for skilled professionals to relocate to the Magnolia State. The measure would allow individuals who move to Mississippi, establish residency, and hold professional licenses in another state an easier process in obtaining a license here through the appropriate occupational licensing board. The bill now heads to the Governor’s desk for signature.
AFP-MS State Director Steven Utroska issued the following statement:
“This bill would encourage more licensed professionals to bring their skills to our state and call Mississippi home. While stringent licensing requirements have made it difficult for people to move here, this legislation helps ease their transition into the Mississippi workforce. We applaud the legislature for passing this meaningful bill and encourage the Governor to quickly sign it into law.”
Last year’s Mississippi military member or spouse licensing bill allowed either a member of the military or their spouse an easier process to obtain a professional license in Mississippi if they already held the same professional license in another state. The bill became the standard for the Department of Defense to use in other states for military members and spouses allowing them an easier transition as they transfer from state to state for military purposes.
MS lawmakers built upon the success of the military licensing bill to apply the same benefit to any worker who relocates to MS and becomes a resident of the state.
For further information or an interview, reach Nicole Tardif at NTardif@afphq.org or (571) 329-0161.