Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed two bills last week designed to benefit military families. According to a news release from the governor's office, one of the bills will allow military spouses to transfer professional licenses and the other will allow military children to receive in-state tuition for their post-secondary education.
* According to the Colorado Bar Association's online publication, HB 12-1059 authorizes military spouses to practice in a regulated profession for one year if the spouse is licensed, registered or certified to practice in another state.
* The bill also exempts regulated people on active duty for more than 120 days from paying certification fees and completing continuing education that became due during active duty and for six months following it. Agencies can accept continuing medical education, training or service from the armed services to satisfy Colorado continuing education requirements for those professions.
* On July 1, most military spouses with out-of-state licenses will have the option to begin working immediately in Colorado, Rep. Marsha Looper, R-El Paso, said.
* HB12-1350 provides that as of the 2012-13 academic year, the governing board of each institution in the state can adopt a policy granting in-state tuition status to the dependents of active duty members if the dependent enrolls and graduated from a high school outside of Colorado. The dependent must complete at least two years of high school in Colorado within five years.
* HB12-1350 was sponsored by Rep. Mark Waller, R-Colorado Springs, and passed unanimously in the House in May, according to the Colorado House GOP.
* Gov. Hickenlooper praised the bills for expanding job opportunities to military spouses, increasing access to education and helping in the efforts to make Colorado the most military-friendly state in the nation.
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