This article was originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal.

Wisconsin, like many states, doesn’t have enough workers.

But help could be on the way from the Legislature. Assembly Bill 332 is under consideration in the state Senate.

Today, if I take my West Virginia driver’s license and drive in Wisconsin, local authorities will recognize the credential. I will be permitted to drive. Local authorities trust that my West Virginia credential and my years of driving experience are valid.

But when it comes to occupational licenses — for cutting hair, giving a massage, taking X-rays and more — no similar process in place. Occupational licenses do not travel and function across state lines.

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