PA Licensure Compact Update: Washington Bill Signed Today

Three additional state enactments needed before the PA Licensure Compact Activates

March 13, 2024


Four down and three to go! Governor Jay Inlsee has signed the state’s PA Licensure Compact bill, H.B. 1917, into law, officially rendering Washington the fourth state to enact the PA Compact.

In 2023, three states – Delaware, Utah, and Wisconsin – enacted the PA Compact model legislation.

After seven states have enacted the compact model legislation, the compact will be activated and begin the process to operationalize the compact and be able to give out privileges to practice.

The process to operationalize the compact will take anywhere from 18-24 months. Once operationalized, eligible PAs can then complete a single application to receive a compact privilege (which is equivalent to a license) from each compact state in which they intend to practice.

Other Pending Legislation

Bills in Virginia, H.B. 324, and West Virginia, S.B. 667, are currently eligible for governor’s action. Oklahoma’s bill, H.B. 3781/S.B. 1654, recently passed both chambers with companion bills and are awaiting further action.

Legislation is also pending in 11 other states:

  • Tennessee (H.B. 1862)
  • Colorado (S.B. 24-018)
  • Maine (L.D. 2043)
  • Michigan (H.B. 5117)
  • Minnesota (H.F. 2623 / S.F. 2394)
  • Nebraska (L.B. 823)
  • New Hampshire (S.B. 486)
  • New York (S.B. 7711 / A.B. 8172)
  • Ohio (S.B. 28)
  • Rhode Island (H.B. 7083)
  • Vermont (H.B. 572)

If you would like to advocate for the PA Compact in your state or more information of where your state may be in this process, contact your state chapter or your AAPA state liaison.

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