STATEHOUSE (Feb. 22, 2012) – State Sen. Jim Tomes’ (R-Wadesville) bill to help Hoosier service men and women transfer time served into jobs and school credit hours passed the Senate Committee on Education and Career Development today by a 8-0 vote.
Tomes said he’s sponsoring House Bill 1116, which would waive certain professional license training requirements for veterans who have learned and practiced those same skills during military service. Under his legislation, state colleges and universities would also award educational credits to service members who complete courses that are a part of their military training and meet national standards as well as the school’s role, scope and mission.
“This legislation recognizes the expertise Hoosier soldiers gain during their military service,” Tomes said. “It’s important they receive credit for the experiences they’ve had while protecting our country and our values. This is not only a ‘thank you’ but also encouragement to continue their education and success when they get home. We should be doing everything possible to help them translate military service into jobs and means of providing for their families who’ve also sacrificed so much.”
HB 1116 now awaits consideration by the full Senate.
Tomes added he was co-author of a similar measure that passed the full Senate and awaits consideration in the House, Senate Bill 253. Tomes is a Vietnam War veteran and commander of Wadesville VFW Post 6576.