Colorado Congressional Delegation, Governor, Lieutenant Governor Highlight Transformative Legislation for Colorado’s Military Families in Letter to Defense Department, Air Force

June 25, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Following Governor Jared Polis’ signing of Colorado House Bill 20-1326, legislation to improve military spouse licensure practices in the state, the entire Colorado Congressional Delegation, Polis, and Lieutenant Governor Dianne Primavera wrote to Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett to highlight the new Colorado law and further demonstrate that Colorado is the best state to serve as the permanent home of the U.S. Space Command.  

Following undivided support in the Colorado legislature, Polis signed this transformative bill into law, creating an occupational portability program therefore requiring the director of the division of regulatory agencies and regulators to strive to reduce certification, registration, and licensure barriers for applicants. Further, this law now makes certain that Colorado provides universal license recognition for military spouses, requiring the issuance of three-year temporary licenses to military spouses for all occupations subject to the regulatory authority of the state of Colorado, such as doctors, nurses, electricians, and plumbers, at no cost to the applying military spouse.

“The unanimous passage and signing of this important legislation into law is just one of the many ways that Colorado continues to demonstrate its support for the military,” wrote the lawmakers. “Supporting military families is an issue of readiness, retention and national security. Our state has made it a priority to ensure that military spouses are able to access employment opportunities that use their professional training and education. We applaud the Department of Defense and the Department of the Air Force for continuing to encourage communities across the nation to prioritize the welfare of our nation’s military families.”

This announcement follows the Department of the Air Force’s decision to keep U.S. Space Command headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado, until 2026 while the permanent basing decision process is completed by the Air Force. The Air Force has determined a detailed list of criteria for the permanent headquarters, such as community support for service families, including military spouse employment and licensure reciprocity.

The text of the letter, signed by Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D) and Cory Gardner (R), Colorado U.S. Representatives Ed Perlmutter (D), Scott Tipton (R), Doug Lamborn (R), Joe Neguse (D), Diana DeGette (D), Jason Crow (D), and Ken Buck (R), Governor Jared Polis and Lieutenant Governor Dianne Primavera, is available HERE.

Contact:
Kate Oehl (Bennet) – 303-319-9410
Annalyse Keller (Gardner) – 202-224-5941
Danielle Cohen (DeGette) – 202-394-7556
Sally Tucker (Neguse) – 202-981-3766
Matt Atwood (Tipton) – 202-590-0190
Lindsey Curnutte (Buck) – 202-225-4676
Cassandra Sebastian (Lamborn) – 719-520-0055
Anne Feldman (Crow) – 202-713-8147
Ashley Verville (Perlmutter) – 303-919-6050
Conor Cahill (Polis and Primavera)