Bill would help returning vets get professional licenses

New legislation aims to help returning veterans transition back to civilian life.

A bill, backed by Gov. Markell, would help vets obtain professional licenses faster.

House Bill 296 would allow professional licensing boards to recognize military training and education as experience when reviewing credentials for licensure.

Rep. Earl Jaques (D-Glasgow) is the sponsor and says veterans are returning from service and coming up short on their licensing requirements.

"This affects a lot of things. It affects their families, obviously, because you could have less income, you could be less qualified for, might not even get the job because you don't have the qualifications anymore," said Jaques.

The measure also allows boards to issue temporary licenses to service personnel when he or she holds a valid license from another state.

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