Military training, etc.; regulatory boards to accept as equivalent to requirements for licensures. (HB938)

Introduced By

Del. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Woodbridge) with support from co-patrons Del. Rich Anderson (R-Woodbridge), Del. Mark Dudenhefer (R-Stafford), Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna), and Del. Chris Stolle (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Professions and occupations; qualifications for licensure; substantially equivalent military training and education.  Requires the regulatory boards within the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, the Department of Health Professions, or any board named in Title 54.1 to accept the military training, education, or experience of a service member returning from active military service in the armed forces of the United States, to the extent that such training, education, or experience is substantially equivalent to the requirements established by law and regulations of the respective board for the issuance of any license, permit, certificate, or other document, however styled or denominated, required for the practice of any business, profession, or calling in the Commonwealth. The bill provides that to the extent that the service member's military training, education or experience, or portion thereof, is not deemed substantially equivalent, the respective board shall credit whatever portion of the military training, education, or experience that is substantially equivalent toward meeting the requirements for the issuance of the license, permit, certificate, or other document. The bill authorizes a regulatory board to require the service member to provide such documentation of his training, education, or experience as deemed necessary to determine substantial equivalency. The bill defines the term "active military service." Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12100981D
01/11/2012Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/17/2012Assigned GL sub: #4 Professions/Occupations and Administrative Process
01/25/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB938)
01/31/2012Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (8-Y 0-N)
02/02/2012Reported from General Laws with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2012Committee substitute printed 12104855D-H1
02/06/2012Read first time
02/07/2012Read second time
02/07/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12104855D-H1
02/07/2012Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB938H1
02/08/2012Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/08/2012VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2012Constitutional reading dispensed
02/09/2012Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/15/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB938H1)
02/20/2012Reported from General Laws and Technology (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2012Read third time
02/23/2012Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/29/2012Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB938ER)
02/29/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB938ER)
02/29/2012Signed by Speaker
03/01/2012Signed by President
04/04/2012G Approved by Governor-Chapter 524 (effective 7/1/12)
04/04/2012G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0524)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 1 minute.