A Virginia lawmaker introduced legislation that would establish universal occupational license reciprocity.
House Bill 982, introduced by Del. Michael Webert, R-Marshall, would require Virginia to recognize occupational licenses issued in all other states as long as certain criteria are met. It would also recognize three years of work experience in another state as a substitute for qualifications if that state does not require a license for that line of work.
The person applying for the license will still be subject to a background check and may be required to take an examination.
Webert did not respond to a request for comment.
Virginia currently has reciprocity agreements with some states for some occupations, but a study by the Institute for Justice found that current occupational licensing laws still lead to barriers. IJ is a libertarian-leaning law firm based in Arlington, Virginia.
According to the study, these regulations cause Virginia to lose nearly 50,000 jobs and cost the commonwealth more than $170 million.
Arizona was the first state to pass universal occupational license reciprocity, but lawmakers in other states have introduced similar bills.