District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray on Oct. 11 signed the Accountancy Mobility Act of 2011 that was passed by the D.C. City Council on Sept. 20. The legislation would grant CPAs with valid licenses in other states practice privileges in D.C. without obtaining a reciprocal license. Mayor Gray’s signature of the measure is a significant milestone for the legislation and puts mobility on track for potential implementation sometime next year.
Unlike the 50 states, however, there are additional steps that the D.C. legislation must now go through. All D.C. laws are subject to congressional review, a period of thirty congressional legislative days following the Mayor’s signature and transmission of the bill to the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. Additionally, the legislation must be reconciled with next year's city budget before it can become effective. Still, the unanimous vote in the D.C. City Council is a major step in the right direction.
Kari Bedell, executive director of the Greater Washington Society of CPAs, said, “This legislation is good for business and consumers alike and recognizes the new business environment in which the CPA profession operates, both in DC and around the country. We’re grateful to have had so many members of the GWSCPA, both individual CPAs and firms, working together to achieve this milestone.”
The AICPA congratulates Bedell, the Greater Washington Society of CPAs and their coalition of DC-area CPAs on their significant efforts to pass the bill and move D.C. mobility ever closer to reality.
The AICPA has worked collaboratively over the past five years with state CPA societies, the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), individual state boards of accountancy, AICPA members and their firms to update state licensing laws to include mobility.
If D.C. overcomes the congressional and budgetary hurdles, it would be the 49th jurisdiction to adopt a mobility law. California, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands are expected to consider legislation within the next couple of years. The AICPA will continue to work closely with the state CPA Societies in those states and jurisdictions, as well as with NASBA, to support the remaining mobility campaigns.
Read the GWSCPA article about passage of the bill by the D.C. Council.