Licensing—spouses of active duty service members, amendments to ch 196
PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Notice of Intended Action
Proposing rule making related to spouses of active duty service members and providing an opportunity for public comment
The Public Health Department hereby proposes to amend Chapter 196, "Military Service and Veteran Reciprocity," Iowa Administrative Code.
Legal Authority for Rule Making
This rule making is proposed under the authority provided in Iowa Code section 272C.4.
State or Federal Law Implemented
This rule making implements, in whole or in part, Iowa Code section 272C.4.
Purpose and Summary
2019 Iowa Acts, House File 288, amended Iowa Code section 272C.4, which governs the duties of boards for establishing procedures to expedite the licensing of individuals who are veterans or actively serving in the military. This change in the Iowa Code directs the Department to establish procedures to expedite the licensing of spouses of active duty members of the military forces in cases in which the spouse is already licensed in another state where the professional and occupational licensing requirements are substantially equivalent to Iowa's requirements. The proposed amendments meet the requirements of 2019 Iowa Acts, House File 288.
This rule making has no fiscal impact to the State of Iowa.
After analysis and review of this rule making, no impact on jobs has been found.
Any person who believes that the application of the discretionary provisions of this rule making would result in hardship or injustice to that person may petition the Department for a waiver of the discretionary provisions, if any, pursuant to the Department's waiver and variance provisions contained in 641—Chapter 178.
Any interested person may submit written comments concerning this proposed rule making. Written comments in response to this rule making must be received by the Department no later than 4:30 p.m.on April 14, 2020. Comments should be directed to:
Department of Public Health
Lucas State Office Building
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
No public hearing is scheduled at this time. As provided in Iowa Code section 17A.4(1)"b," an oral presentation regarding this rule making may be demanded by 25 interested persons, a governmental subdivision, the Administrative Rules Review Committee, an agency, or an association having 25 or more members.
Review by Administrative Rules Review Committee
The Administrative Rules Review Committee, a bipartisan legislative committee which oversees rule making by executive branch agencies, may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this rule making at its regular monthly meeting or at a special meeting. The Committee's meetings are open to the public, and interested persons may be heard as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.8(6).
The following rule-making actions are proposed:
Item 1. Amend 641—Chapter 196, title, as follows:
MILITARY SERVICE, AND VETERAN RECIPROCITY, AND SPOUSES OF ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBERS
Item 2. Amend rule 641—196.1(85GA,ch1116), parenthetical implementation statute, as follows:
641—196.1( 85GA,ch1116 272C) Definitions.
Item 3. Adopt the following new definition of "Spouse" in rule 641—196.1(85GA,ch1116):
"Spouse" means a spouse of an active duty member of the military forces of the United States.
Item 4. Amend rule 641—196.2(85GA,ch1116), parenthetical implementation statute, as follows:
641—196.2( 85GA,ch1116 272C) Military education, training, and service credit.
Item 5. Amend rule 641—196.3(85GA,ch1116) as follows:
641—196.3( 85GA,ch1116 272C) Veteran and active duty military spouse reciprocity.
196.3(1) A veteran or spouse with an unrestricted license in another jurisdiction may apply for licensure in Iowa through reciprocity. A veteran or spouse must pass any examinations required for licensure to be eligible for licensure through reciprocity and will be given credit for examinations previously passed when consistent with the licensing authority's laws and rules on examination requirements. A fully completed application for licensure submitted by a veteran or spouse under this subrule shall be given priority and shall be expedited.
196.3(2) Such an application shall contain all of the information required of all applicants for licensure who hold unrestricted licenses in other jurisdictions and who are applying for licensure by reciprocity, including, but not limited to, completion of all required forms, payment of applicable fees, disclosure of criminal or disciplinary history, and, if applicable, a criminal history background check. The applicant shall use the same forms as any other applicant for licensure by reciprocity and shall additionally provide such documentation as is reasonably needed to verify the applicant's status as a veteran under Iowa Code section 35.1(2)or a spouse of an active duty member of the military forces of the United States.
196.3(3) Upon receipt of a fully completed licensure application, the licensing authority shall promptly determine if the professional or occupational licensing requirements of the jurisdiction where the veteran or spouse is licensed are substantially equivalent to the licensing requirements in Iowa. The licensing authority shall make this determination based on information supplied by the applicant and such additional information as the licensing authority may acquire from the applicable jurisdiction. As relevant to the license at issue, the licensing authority may consider the following factors in determining substantial equivalence: scope of practice, education and coursework, degree requirements, experience, and examinations required for licensure.
196.3(4) The licensing authority shall promptly grant a license to the veteran or spouse if the veteran applicant is licensed in the same or similar profession in another jurisdiction whose licensure requirements are substantially equivalent to those required in Iowa, unless the applicant is ineligible for licensure based on other grounds, for example, the applicant's disciplinary or criminal background.
196.3(5) If the licensing authority determines that the licensure requirements in the jurisdiction in which the veteran or spouse is licensed are not substantially equivalent to those required in Iowa, the licensing authority shall promptly inform the veteran applicant of the additional experience, education, or examinations required for licensure in Iowa. Unless the applicant is ineligible for licensure based on other grounds, such as disciplinary or criminal background, or the issuance of a provisional license is inconsistent with the licensing authority's enabling statute, the following shall apply:
a. If a veteran an applicant has not passed the required examination(s) for licensure, the veteran applicant may not be issued a provisional license but may request that the licensure application be placed in pending status for up to one year or as mutually agreed to provide the veteran applicant with the opportunity to satisfy the examination requirements.
b. If additional experience or education is required for the applicant's qualifications to be considered substantially equivalent, the applicant may request that the licensing authority issue a provisional license for a specified period of time during which the applicant will successfully complete the necessary experience or education. The licensing authority shall issue a provisional license for a specified period of time upon such conditions as the licensing authority deems reasonably necessary to protect the health, welfare or safety of the public unless the licensing authority determines that the deficiency is of a character that the public health, welfare or safety will be adversely affected if a provisional license is granted.
c. If a request for a provisional license is denied, the licensing authority shall issue an order fully explaining the decision and shall inform the applicant of the steps the applicant may take in order to receive a provisional license.
d. If a provisional license is issued, the application for full licensure shall be placed in pending status until the necessary experience or education has been successfully completed or the provisional license expires, whichever occurs first. The licensing authority may extend a provisional license on a case-by-case basis for good cause.
196.3(6) A veteran or spouse who is aggrieved by the licensing authority's decision to deny an application for a reciprocal license or a provisional license or is aggrieved by the terms under which a provisional license will be granted may request a contested case (administrative hearing) and may participate in a contested case by telephone. A request for a contested case shall be made within 30 days of issuance of the licensing authority's decision. The provisions of 641—Chapter 173 shall apply, except that no fees or costs shall be assessed against the veteran applicant in connection with a contested case conducted pursuant to this subrule.
Item 6. Amend 641—Chapter 196, implementation sentence, as follows:
These rules are intended to implement 2014 Iowa Acts, chapter 1116, section 34 Iowa Code section 272C.4.