Amended in Assembly March 19, 2013

California Legislature—2013–14 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 555


Introduced by Assembly Member Salas

February 20, 2013


An actbegin insert to amend Section 35 of the Business and Professions Code,end insert relating to professions and vocations.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 555, as amended, Salas. Professions and vocations: military and veterans.

Existing law provides for the licensure and regulation of various professions andbegin delete vacationsend deletebegin insert vocationsend insert by boards within the Department of Consumer Affairs.begin insert end insertbegin insertExisting law requires these boards to adopt rules and regulations to provide for methods of evaluating education, training, and experience obtained in the armed services, if applicable to the requirements of the business, occupation, or profession regulated, and to specify how this education, training, and experience may be used to meet the licensure requirements for the particular business, occupation, or profession regulated.end insert

This bill wouldbegin delete state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would streamline the licensure process of various professions and vocations for veterans and members of the military separating from service.end deletebegin insert require a board to consider any relevant training an applicant for a license received while serving in the armed services of the United States for purposes of satisfying the requirements for a license, if applicable to the requirements for the particular business, occupation, or profession regulated by the board. This bill would also authorize a board to consult with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Military Department when evaluating whether training acquired during service in the armed services of the United States is applicable to requirements for the license an applicant seeks.end insert

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: begin deleteno end deletebegin insertyesend insert. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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begin insertSECTION 1.end insert  

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begin insertSection 35 of the end insertbegin insertBusiness and Professions Codeend insert
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35.  

begin insert(a)end insertbegin insertend insert It is the policy of this state that, consistent with the
4provision of high-quality services, persons with skills, knowledge,
5and experience obtained in the armed services of the United States
6should be permitted to apply this learning and contribute to the
7employment needs of the state at the maximum level of
8responsibility and skill for which they are qualified. To this end,
9rules and regulations of boards provided for in this code shall
10provide for methods of evaluating education, training, and
11experience obtained in the armed services, if applicable to the
12requirements of the business, occupation, or profession regulated.
13These rules and regulations shall also specify how this education,
14training, and experience may be used to meet the licensure
15requirements for the particular business, occupation, or profession
16regulated. Each board shall consult with the Department of
17Veterans Affairs and the Military Department before adopting
18these rules and regulations. Each board shall perform the duties
19required by this section within existing budgetary resources of the
20agency within which the board operates.

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21(b) A board provided for in this code shall consider, and may
22accept, any relevant training an applicant for a license received
23while serving in the armed services of the United States for
24purposes of satisfying the requirements for a license, if applicable
25to the requirements for the particular business, occupation, or
26profession regulated by the board. A board may consult with the
27Department of Veterans Affairs and the Military Department when
28evaluating whether training acquired during service in the armed
29services of the United States is applicable to requirements for the
30license an applicant seeks.

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SECTION 1.  

It is the intent of the Legislature to enact
32legislation that would streamline the licensure process of various
P3    1professions and vocations for veterans and members of the military
2separating from service.

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