Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) issued the following statement after Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law legislation to expedite the professional licensure process for spouses of active duty military personnel transferred to New York who are licensed to practice in another state.

“This is a step in the right direction to ease the unnecessary burden that our military spouses face, and I applaud Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature for their work on the issue,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “I was proud to introduce legislation at the federal level to alleviate the undue stress, expenses, and excessive wait times professionally employed military spouses experience when their family moves for a Permanent Change of Station on military orders.

“Military spouses wear their own patches of service and share a true sense of duty to our country.  These spouses are often employed in professions that require new licensing for each new location, such as teachers and nurses—vital occupations in a military community. These dedicated spouses must be allowed to maintain their hard-earned professional licenses and certifications as they relocate and I will continue to work in Congress to move my legislation forward.”

Read more about Congresswoman Stefanik’s legislation,  the Lift the Relocation Burden from Military Spouses Act, here.