Ohio Veterans Bill Moves To Governor Kasich
MBR Legislation Increases College Access and Occupational Licensure for Veterans
June 05, 2014
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COLUMBUS—State Representative Al Landis (R-Dover) today announced that the Ohio House of Representatives has concurred on House Bill 488, the veterans component of the Mid-Biennium Budget Review (MBR).

House Bill 488, sponsored by Rep. Landis and Rep. Mike Dovilla (R-Berea), is designed to create a uniform, effective process for awarding college credit to veterans for military training.  In addition, the legislation requires state institutions of higher education to establish policies regarding the support and assistance the institution will provide to veterans. 

“I was honored to joint-sponsor House Bill 488 as part of the Mid-Biennium Review with Representative Dovilla,” said Rep. Landis. “Utilizing the education, training and experience that our veterans gain while serving in the armed forces, and allowing them to apply those skills towards a college education or technical training is a win-win situation.  It is a win for our veterans, and a win for our state. This bill makes our veterans a priority as they re-enter the workforce here in Ohio.”

Furthermore, H.B. 488 streamlines occupational licensure and workforce development initiatives for service members. 

Amendments added to the bill in Senate Public Safety, Local Government and Veterans Affairs Committee include requiring the Chancellor of the Board of Regents to prepare a report describing the progress made toward the implementation of these guidelines, authorizing the Chancellor to defer or forgive loans under the Nurse Education Assistance Program, and establishing a student-led group on campus for student service members and veterans.

House Bill 488 will now go to Governor Kasich for his signature.


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