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Governor Baker signs executive order to support military families transferring to Massachusetts

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker speaks with Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Commander Lt. Gen. Shaun Morris, front right, during a Zoom call hosted at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., in October 2020. Baker signed an executive order Feb. 16 designed to support military families transferring to installations in the Commonwealth. (U.S. Air Force photo by Linda LaBonte Britt)

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed an executive order Feb. 16 designed to support military families transferring to installations in the Commonwealth.

The order directs the Division of Professional Licensure to improve license portability for military personnel and their spouses so they can continue their civilian careers and professions without interruption when moving from state to state on military orders.

The DPL will focus on the following occupations, and their related boards, identified as priorities by the U.S. Air Force:

  • Physical therapists
  • Accountants
  • Engineers
  • Psychologists
  • Barbers and cosmetologists

“In recognition of the sacrifices that members of our Armed Forces and their family members already make, reducing or eliminating barriers that could hinder gainful employment and household stability is one important way we can help make moving to a new state a little easier for them,” said Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito in an official statement.

According to the release, the DPL will ensure that each covered board has procedures to expedite and afford priority to the licensing of military personnel and spouses. Each board will be encouraged to process applications within 30 days, and track data on how long that process takes for military personnel and families.

“Our service members and their families bring so much intrinsic value and knowledge to our installations; this order will certainly make it easier for them to flourish in our communities,” said Col. Katrina Stephens, installation commander.

In an official statement, Baker thanked the Departments of Defense and the Air Force for spearheading the issue of licensure.

“I look forward to finding new ways to help the members of the Armed Forces across all branches and their families as they start the next chapter of their lives in the Commonwealth,” Baker said.

The DPL will report on the implementation of this order and present recommendations by July 1, 2021.