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NO. 131.  AN ACT RELATING TO MILITARY SERVICE AND PROFESSIONAL REGULATION.

(H.794)

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  20 V.S.A. § 368 is added to read:

§ 368.  ACTIVATION OR DEPLOYMENT OF NATIONAL OR STATE

            GUARD OR RESERVE MEMBERS; PROFESSIONS AND

            OCCUPATIONS; STATE REGULATION

Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, a member of the national guard, state guard, or reserve component, whose profession or occupation is regulated by an agency of the state and who holds a valid license, certification or registration to practice that profession or occupation at the time of activation or deployment shall be entitled to:

(1)  an extension of the period of active licensure or certification through the duration of and up to 60 days following the person’s return from activation or deployment, provided that maintenance of active licensure or certification is required by the military during the time of such activation or deployment.  In order to qualify for the extension, the person shall:

(A)  notify the agency of his or her activation or deployment at any time prior to the scheduled expiration of the current license or certification; and

(B)  certify that the circumstances of the activation or deployment impede good faith efforts to make timely application for renewal of the license or certification.

(2)  a reasonable opportunity to meet the terms or conditions of licensure or certification following the person’s return from activation or deployment if military service in any way interferes with a good faith effort to complete a term or condition of licensure, regardless of whether the military requires the person to maintain the license or certification during the time of activation or deployment.

Sec. 2.  EFFECTIVE DATE

This act shall take effect upon passage and shall apply to any person who meets the requirements of this act on July 1, 2005 or thereafter.

Approved:  May 4, 2006



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont


www.leg.state.vt.us