Wolf Signs Barrar Bill to Facilitate Careers of Military Spouses


HARRISBURG, PA — Legislation sponsored by Rep. Stephen Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), which would aid military families by facilitating portable careers for military spouses, has been signed into law.

“Act 119 of 2020 provides much-needed help for military spouses who typically move six to nine times during their service member spouse’s military career,” said Barrar. “Because of the transient nature of military service, the spouses of our service members often gravitate to careers that offer greater portability, such as health care and related fields.

“While many military husbands and wives pursue careers, they often struggle to find work, due to the challenges of military life and the frequency of military-ordered moves,” said Barrar. His bill establishes the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact Act (PTLC), which enhances the portability of professional licenses and improves access to health care.

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At least nine other states have already enacted the compact, and similar legislation is pending in several more.

Barrar, who is officially retiring from the House today after 24 years of service to the Commonwealth, has been a strong advocate for Pennsylvania’s military veterans and first responders throughout his career.

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