December 18, 2014

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Proposed legislation would assist returning Ohio veterans

COLUMBUS — Proposed Ohio legislation would make it easier for military veterans who have returned home after deployments to get professional licenses and certifications necessary for certain jobs.

The House bill would allow state licensing agencies to consider veterans’ military experience when they apply for a license. It would also allow for special extensions to members of the Reserve and National Guard whose licenses expired while they were mobilized.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that the bill is expected to receive hearings in Columbus this week.

Rep. Anne Gonzalez, R-Westerville, said that of the 66 professional licenses and certificates administered by state boards and agencies, the military has 47 primary specialties that are closely related and could lead to expedited licenses.