“Tracy Rainey Act”

Walt Farrell

Published June 21, 2018


House Bill 739, sponsored by Representative Al Williams (Midway) and Senator Ben Watson (Savannah), addresses an existing code in Georgia law regarding professional certification for military spouses as the “Tracey Rainey Act.”

How does House Bill 739 impact Georgia’s economy?

House Bill 739 creates licensure reciprocity for military spouses to qualify for temporary or expedited certificates upon moving to one of Georgia’s military installations. This legislation classifies a measure established in House Bill 245 which requires the Professional Standards Commission to implement a licensure and certification process.

How does House Bill 739 benefit Georgia businesses?

The “Tracy Rainey Act” will serve as a critical component of workforce development and talent retention as it seeks to make professional certification more attainable. “Military installations and the defense industry are vital to Georgia’s growing economy. House Bill 739 will create a seamless transition for military families, by allowing spouses to quickly integrate themselves into our growing job market,” said David Raynor, Georgia Chamber Senior Vice President of Public Affairs. “As a pro-military state, the Chamber commends Representative Williams, Senator Watson, and the general assembly on their efforts to create policies that encourage economic vitality and strengthen the relationship between local communities and our military installations.”

The “Tracy Rainey Act,” was named in recognition of Tracy Rainey, the former wife of 3rd Infantry Division Commanding General James Rainey. House Bill 739 will go into effect July 1, 2018. To learn more about the Chamber’s continued efforts to keep Georgia the #1 state in which to do business, visit the Georgia Chamber website and view the Chamber’s  2018 Legislative Priorities and  Scorecard Legislation.