Governor Phil Murphy has signed legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to allow out-of-state workers who have suffered through a catastrophic event or natural disaster to use their professional licenses in New Jersey.
Senator Kean’s bipartisan legislation, A-1531/S-522 will provide a streamlined reciprocity process for out-of-state professional and occupational licensing, specifically for professionals who are displaced from their home following a natural disaster or other catastrophic event. The law also clarifies that “state” includes Puerto Rico, Washington D.C., and any other U.S. territory.
Under the law, those who were impacted by a natural disaster or catastrophic event after August 1, 2017, will have one year from the bill’s August 10, 2018 signing to provide the required documentation necessary to ensure the applicant’s license can be used when they relocate to New Jersey.
“We pushed for this legislation following Hurricane Maria, which was devastating for the people of Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida,” Senator Kean explained. “This law will aid these storm survivors, and all those who relocate to New Jersey to recover and rebuild their lives. We’ll never forget the generous outpouring of support we received from other states after Superstorm Sandy. Now it’s our turn. We are grateful to have qualified professionals contributing to our economy, and we’ll gladly welcome them to our beautiful state.”