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Minutes for HB2745 - Committee on Commerce

Short Title

Providing that military spouses of active military servicemembers shall be exempted from all occupational licensing, registration and certification fees.

Minutes Content for Wed, Mar 13, 2024

Chair Erickson opened the hearing on HB 2745

Staff provided an overview of the bill. (Attachment 12)

Proponents:

Master Sgt. Eugene Bradley, Non commissioned Officer in Charge of Legislative Affairs, on behalf of Michael T. Venerdi, Brigadier General, Kansas National Guard, The Adjutant General, provided testimony in support of the bill. (Attachment 2)  The bill would help with any future Base Realignment and Closure efforts when it comes to retaining current missions and force structure.

Jason Watkins on behalf of the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce, spoke in support of the bill. (Attachment 3) The bill would exempt the spouses of active-duty military members from all application, licensing, registration, certification, and or permit fees associated with an occupational license.

Amanda Wilbert, President of the Auxiliary presented the written testimony provided by Nichole E. Inskeep. (Attachment 4) The bill is a step forward in supporting Military Spouses and limits the stress on moving families.

Written testimony in support of the bill:

John C. Buckley, II on behalf of he Greater Wichita Area Veterans Advocacy Board (VAB)  (Attachment 5)

Jonathan McRoy, USAF Retired, Vice Chair Kansas African American Affairs Commission (Attachment 6)

Tamara Ray, Home Base Wichita (Attachment 7)

Eric Stafford, Vice President of Government Affairs for the Kansas Chamber  (Attachment 8)

Ryan Baty, Chairman,  Sedgwick Board of County Commissioners (Attachment 9)

Neutral:

Larry Karns, Executive Director of the Board of Technical Professions, provided neutral testimony. (Attachment 10) The House amended the bill and Board of Technical Professions support the amended bill.

Written Neutral only:

Alexandra Blasi, Executive Secretary, Kansas Board of Pharmacy (Attachment 11)

 Chair Erickson closed the hearing on HB 2745.

The next meeting is March 14, 2024. The meeting was adjourned at 11:09 am.