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Pennsylvania House passes bill to lower licensing hurdles

House Bill 1172, legislation that would make it easier for out-of-state licensed professionals to obtain a license in Pennsylvania, recently passed the House and is awaiting a vote in the Senate. If the bill becomes law, licensing boards would be permitted to grant a license to anyone who holds the same license in another state, so long as the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs determines the requirements are similar. Fifteen of the state's 29 licensing boards and commissions already have the authority to issue licenses based on endorsement, but several professions do not license by endorsement.