Utah Governor Signs First PA Licensure Compact Bill into Law

Legislation Pending in Minnesota, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Texas

March 17, 2023

By Angela Shuman

Utah is leading the way as the first state to adopt the PA Licensure Compact! S.B.35, signed into law by Governor Spencer Cox on March 14, addresses professional licensing issues across several industries and professions and, most notably, includes the PA Licensure Compact.

AAPA announced the release of the PA Licensure Compact model legislation in November 2022, ahead of the 2023 legislative session. In order for the compact to become active, seven states need to adopt the compact language through legislation. When this occurs, a commission will be established to set up essential processes and administer the new compact.

Several other states are working diligently on PA Licensure Compact bills for the 2023 legislative session as well. Minnesota, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Texas have each introduced bills to adopt the compact in their respective states.

The PA Licensure Compact will make it easier for PAs to practice in multiple states. PAs holding a valid, unencumbered license in one compact state will be able to apply for a “compact privilege” to practice in other compact states. A compact privilege will provide authorization to practice as a PA under that state’s laws and regulations.

Further information on the PA Licensure Compact, model legislation, and other compact resources may be accessed at pacompact.org.

You may also reach out to [email protected] with additional questions.

Angela Shuman is AAPA’s Vice President of State Advocacy and Outreach.

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