PHOENIX — Streamlining the state’s permitting processes and waiving fees for licensed military medical staff receiving hand-on training at Arizona hospitals would lead to better care for soldiers around the world, a state lawmaker says.

“The process is as varied as the number of boards we have for our medical professionals,” Rep. Heather Carter, R-Phoenix, told the House Committee on Public Safety, Military and Regulatory Affairs last week. “We are attempting to streamline that process.”

Carter authored HB 2064 to require the Arizona Medical Board, Arizona Board of Dental Examiners and Arizona Regulatory Board of Physician Assistants to issue one-year permits in a more consistent manner, rather than the varied policies the boards use now.

It would also waive the $50 fee normally charged for the permits.

The committee unanimously endorsed the measure, forwarding it to the House floor by way of the Rules Committee.

Read more of this story Monday in the Arizona Daily Star and on StarNet.