Governor Signs Executive Order To Improve New Mexico’s Occupational Licensing System

Gov. Susana Martinez
CLOVIS Tuesday, Gov. Susana Martinez was joined by Air Force Officials, at Cannon Air Force Base, to sign an executive order that creates economic and employment opportunities for New Mexicans by ensuring occupational license requirements are not overly burdensome for individuals and businesses, as well as eliminating outdated regulations and aligning best practices across the state’s licensing bodies.
The executive order also contains specific provisions to aid military families stationed in the state.​
“Our men and women in uniform serve our country while stationed abroad or on base in the United States, but their spouses also perform an important service by holding their families together through unique challenges,” Martinez said. “This executive order recognizes that service by increasing economic opportunities for those families, and for all New Mexicans who want to work.”
“Quality of life for our Airmen and their families is essential to our enduring readiness and a top priority for the Secretary of the Air Force,” Assistant Secretary of the Air Force John Henderson said. “This is one of the primary reasons Secretary Wilson, along with the Secretaries of the Army and the Navy, recently reached out to our nation’s governors to highlight the importance of license reciprocity and the quality of education at schools supporting our bases. We are truly grateful to Governor Martinez for signing this Executive Order which takes substantive steps to help military families transfer their licenses and accreditations to the State of New Mexico therefore enhancing their ability to obtain jobs and sustain professional careers.”
“The mission at the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base demands that our Airmen maintain a grueling operational tempo that asks a lot, not just from them, but for their spouses and dependents at home,” Colonel Sowers, Air Wing Commander at CAFB said. “The ability for Air Commando spouses and dependents to gain and maintain meaningful employment in the professional fields in which they are licensed is paramount to fostering a thriving Air Commando family.  We are honored and grateful that Gov. Susana Martinez is taking proactive steps to improve the quality of life for our military spouses, dependents and recent retirees.”
The executive order continues the Governor’s efforts to streamline government and enhance economic opportunities. It initiates an internal review of all of the state’s training, testing and fees required for a state-issued occupational license. After pinpointing requirements that are greater than what is needed to protect the health and safety of the public, it encourages the adoption of best practices across the state’s licensing bodies and ensure requirements do not create artificial barriers to employment, particularly for military spouses and dependents.
“The state has made great progress in reducing barriers to employment and improving our licensing systems under Governor Martinez,” said Superintendent of the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department Mike Unthank. “We’ve eliminated unnecessary licenses in construction trades, cut down on paperwork and improved the overall efficiency of licensing – and today we are taking the next step forward to create more job opportunities for all New Mexicans.”
The Executive Order also requires that for each new rule or regulation adopted by a board or commission, the board or commission must eliminate at least one preexisting rule that is now obsolete.
Martinez has been committed to addressing the needs of New Mexico’s service men and women and their families since taking office. In 2013 Martinez signed legislation to expedite the handling and issuance of professional licenses for military services members, their spouses, or recent veterans. Earlier this year, she signed a bill to allow military service members, their spouses and or veterans with a teaching license from another jurisdiction to apply for and receive a New Mexico teaching license.
Currently, there are more than 250,000 active occupational licensees in New Mexico, licensed by the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department and other state licensing bodies.
The executive order can be found online here.