State Rep. Hearcel F. Craig (D-Columbus) today announced the recent passage of House Bill (HB) 158, bipartisan legislation to allow military spouses to receive unemployment compensation benefits when leaving their jobs to accompany their spouses on a new military assignment. The bill, joint-sponsored by Rep. Rick Perales (R-Beavercreek), passed out of the House this week by a 87-6 vote.

“Our military families make tremendous sacrifices, especially during periods of mobilization. As families move across state lines, change schools and uproot their lives, military spouses are often relied upon to make sure ends meet,” said Craig. “This legislation will help ensure military families’ financial stability as they continue to protect and serve our country. I believe it is but a small helping hand we can lend to the brave men and women in our armed forces.”

Craig and Perales, both military veterans, introduced HB 158 in Armed Services, Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security Committee earlier this year. If HB 158 is enacted, Ohio will join the majority of states, including neighbors Indiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania, in providing unemployment benefits to military spouses after their families relocate.

HB 158 now goes to the Senate for further consideration. 

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