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State Senator Mike Morrell’s bill “Welcome Home Act” for veterans unanimously passes
Senate Bill 1155, also known as the “Welcome Home Act,” authored by state Senator Mike Morrell has been unanimously passed by the California State Senate. The bill reduces costs for veterans re-entering the state’s civilian workforce.
SB 1155 removes one known barrier for veterans looking to work in California by waiving the application and initial licensing fees paid to the state in order to obtain an occupational license in occupations that currently require a state license. Examples would include nurses, livestock meat inspectors, dental assistants, barbers and funeral attendants. In total California currently requires licensing for 177 occupations within the state.
“Thousands of veterans make the transition out of the military each year and many would like to call California home” said Morrell. “SB 1155 is one way to thank these men and women for their service and encourage them to start out their new careers here. By passing this legislation, we follow the lead of other states that have rightly recognized veterans’ unique skillsets and ensure that California is a welcoming place for members of the Armed Forces and their families.”
It is estimated that, nationwide, young veterans contend with an unemployment rate of approximately 13 percent. Eliminating the application and initial licensing fees for veterans can help in finding employment and in easing veteran homelessness.