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State Representative Al Landis (R-Dover) today applauded the Ohio House’s passage of House Bill 98, legislation that strives to assist Ohio’s newest generation of veterans by helping them find employment upon returning home from deployment.


House Bill 98 would allow state licensing agencies to consider a veteran’s skill set when they apply for a license, as well as grant special extensions to members of the Reserve and National Guard whose licenses expired while they were mobilized.


“Veterans are making the transition back to civilian life already equipped with marketable job skills,” said Representative Landis. “House Bill 98 will ease that transition by taking into consideration the skills veterans gained during their time of military service when applying for, or renewing previously held, professional licenses. Allowing this change in licensing will not only make it easier for our veterans to reenter the workforce, but it will offer employers a wider pool of experienced, qualified candidates to draw from when looking to fill open positions. This is good legislation that seeks to ensure that our veterans are taken care of, and I was pleased to see it pass in the House.”


In addition to granting extensions for license renewals, House Bill 98 also will allow boards to grant extensions for members of the Reserve and National Guard for meeting their continuing education requirements.


Ohio has the sixth-largest veteran population in the United States. As of last year, there were an estimated 900,000 veterans living in the state of Ohio, and of that number, nearly 650,000 have served in or in support of a theater of combat.


House Bill 98 will now be sent to the Ohio Senate.

 
 
 
  
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