State Representative Jim Butler (R – Oakwood) commended the Senate’s decision to keep intact a policy initiative in the main operating budget bill (House Bill 64) that will incentivize and encourage employment of veterans. The provision remained intact in the Senate after the first sweeping round of amendments, which means it is likely that it will become law. Rep. Butler was the sponsor of the amendment when House Bill 64 was being considered by the House of Representatives.

Specifically, the amendment requires the Director of Administrative Services and the Director of Transportation to establish and maintain the Veteran-Friendly Business Procurement Program. 

“I would like to thank the Senate for deciding to keep this amendment as part of the current version of the budget bill,” said Representative Butler.  “Many government veterans programs focus on whether or not the owner of a business is a veteran rather than focusing on how many veterans are hired by a business.  This provision of House Bill 64 will incentivize the hiring of veterans instead of simply giving a preference to a business based on its ownership.  Veterans are some of the hardest working, most highly trained and disciplined people in our society.  We need to do everything in our power to give back to those who have already given so much to our country.”

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Local Legislators Announce State Effort To Support Military Members, Veterans, And Their Families

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State Representatives Jim Butler (R-Oakwood) and Rick Perales (R-Beavercreek) and Senator Bob Hackett (R-London) held a press conference today to highlight legislation that supports military members, veterans, and their families in Ohio.