Maryland becomes 18th state to enact CPA mobility legislation

The Maryland General Assembly last week passed a CPA mobility bill that will make it easier for CPAs to do interstate business. When signed by Governor Martin O'Malley, the law will make Maryland the 18th state to enact similar legislation.

House bill 1296 provides "that an individual who practices certified public accountancy whose principal place of business is outside the State is, under specified circumstances, exempt from specified licensure laws of the State for certified public accountants and is considered to have qualifications that are substantially equivalent to a certified public accountant licensed in the State."

The bill, which had been held up in the Senate's Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, was passed just two hours before the Assembly adjourned, according to a Maryland Association of CPA's (MACPA) report. MACPA's legislative team and association members, who had identified mobility as one of their top priorities, took action, wrote letters and convinced the Committee to release the bill just nine hours before the midnight deadline for the 2008 legislative session.

"We were successful due to the tremendous grassroots support of our members," MACPA Executive Director Tom Hood said. "We had two panels of CPAs come down for the hearing to testify . . . and we presented overwhelming evidence on why this could work. In addition, more than 100 letters were sent to [lawmakers] explaining the reasons why this mobility issue is so important to [CPAs]."

Other states that have passed mobility legislation are Illinois, Indiana, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

States where mobility legislation is pending include Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.

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