Senate Bill 246 is a bill introduced over universal occupational licensing and out-of-state licensees requirements for the state of Ohio. While good in its intentions, lawmakers should include a measure that removes barriers to employment for veterans who have learned a skilled trade through their service in the military.
This additional measure will allow veterans to apply their military training and education to state certification requirements for their particular trade or profession and use the skill sets developed acquired while serving.
When veterans leave active-duty service and become civilians, they are required to again complete the rigorous, lengthy, and costly certification processes only works to keep these professionals unemployed or encourages them to take their skills out of Ohio.
The measure will expand the definition of “out-of-state occupational license” and “government certification” to include licenses or government certifications issued by a branch of the United States military to an individual to engage in a profession, occupation, or occupational activity.
Urge lawmakers to support this amendment and encourage its inclusion in the Senate bill.