CHARLESTON, W.Va. -First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin today held the inaugural meeting of the Governor's Commission on Military Spousal Licensure at the State Capitol. Governor Tomblin signed Executive Order 4-13, earlier this year, creating the commission and its purpose.
"West Virginia is one of the only states in the country that has not created specific legislation or policies regarding license portability," First Lady Tomblin said. "It is my hope that, through this Commission, we will discover new and innovative ways for our state to better assist military families moving to West Virginia with professional licensure and certification requirements-in turn helping to provide commonsense, efficient government services to those who have given so much of themselves for our state and nation."
The commission's goal is to evaluate potential best practices to facilitate license reciprocity and portability for military spouses, including licensure by endorsement, temporary or provisional licensing and expedited application processes.
Commission member Becky Poling of Hurricane and her husband Tom, a major with the West Virginia National Guard, along with their three children, have moved many times in recent years. Poling spoke during the meeting, explaining her personal reasons for wanting to be a part of this commission.
"Although transferring my license has been cumbersome and costly at times, I consider my family and me to be very lucky because we have had ample time to plan and prepare for each of our moves," Poling said. "However, this could be incredibly grueling for other spouses whose families depend on two incomes or who don't have as much time to prepare for a big move. I am excited to be a part of this commission, and I look forward to helping make decisions and create legislation that will ultimately aid other military families like mine."
The eleven-member commission will meet three times over the next three months to discuss these issues and will submit their final recommendations, including potential legislation, to the Governor on Dec. 12, 2013.
The commission is chaired by First Lady Tomblin and comprised of the following members:
• Amy Hoyer, commission co-chair;
• Becky Poling, a physical therapist;
• Christina McIntire, a teacher;
• Lydia Main, pharmacist;
• Densil Nibert, realtor and retired educator;
• Beverly Stevens, dental assistant;
• Susan Poveromo, cosmetologist;
• Gene Bailey, II, attorney;
• Joseph Garcia, Deputy General Counsel, Gov. Tomblin's Office;
• Chris Weikle, Deputy Policy Director , Gov. Tomblin's Office.
To read more about this commission and its purpose, click here