State Legislature Approves "Interstate Compact" Bill

November 19, 2015 5:00 PM | Bree Clarksen (Administrator)

November 19, Wisconsin Medical Society

As part of its extraordinary session day on Monday, the Wisconsin State Assembly approved an amendment made by the State Senate to Assembly Bill 253, legislation allowing Wisconsin to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. By concurring with the Senate’s change, the bill now goes to Gov. Scott Walker for his final action. The Society anticipates the Governor will sign the bill into law in the next few weeks.

The Compact cuts administrative red tape for physicians who wish to apply for a medical license in multiple states by eliminating the need for each state to separately re-verify the same basic information about a physician applicant (education, liability history, etc.). This new option will be voluntary, with physicians maintaining the option to apply state-by-state if desired.

Contact Mark Grapentine, JD, in the Society’s Government and Legal Affairs Department with any questions. Visit the Society’s Lobbying Tracker for information on this and other bills the Society is following.