By Matthew Shafer
Often a licensed professional wishing to enter into a new state finds difficulty obtaining the license needed to practice their profession. The delay in obtaining their professional license could mean a lack of income, lost employment opportunities or even a decision to not move into the state. On July 1, 2019, Gov. Tom Wolf signed HB 1172 which makes Pennsylvania the second state to recognize out-of-state licenses. The bill mandates boards and commissions in the Pennsylvania Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs provide licensure by endorsement for out-of-state applicants if the applicant meets certain criteria.