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Pou Bill Concerning Reciprocity for Out-of-State Professional Licenses Signed into Law


TRENTON –Senator Nellie Pou applauds Governor Phil Murphy for singing legislation that gives additional time to an individual holding an out-of-state professional or occupational license to produce proper documentation to a state official if the individual is coming from a state that has experienced a natural disaster or catastrophic event into law today.

“The people of Puerto Rico were devastated by Hurricane Maria,” said Senator Pou (D-Passaic/Bergen). “The restoration of services is still continuing on the island and many residents have left Puerto Rico to come to the mainland. Amending our state law allows them to rebuild their careers in our state. We are richer because of their presence and we should be proud that they see New Jersey as a welcoming place. This law will provide relief to people affected beyond Puerto Rico, including residents of Texas and Florida.”

Individuals impacted by a storm after August 1, 2017 will be given one year from today to provide required documentation.  This includes those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Maria.

The law also provides clarification of the term “state” to include state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or any other territory or possession of the United States.