LT. GOVERNOR BROWN STATEMENT ON FINAL PASSAGE OF
VETERANS FULL EMPLOYMENT ACT
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (April 8, 2013) – Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown today issued the following statement in response to the General Assembly’s unanimous passage of the Administration’s Veterans Full Employment Act (HB225/SB273), which removes certain barriers to employment that veterans often face when making the transition from military service to the civilian work force and expedites the occupational and professional licensing process for military spouses when a military family moves to Maryland:
“Today’s passage of the Veterans Full Employment Act is an important victory for Maryland’s nearly 454,000 Veterans and their families – men and women who have shown tremendous commitment and courage in defending our nation. By enacting this legislation, we honor their service and sacrifice by making sure they have every opportunity to maximize the skills they've earned and to support themselves and their families. The members of our military and their spouses deserve an easier transition when they're relocated to Maryland, and this bill accomplishes that goal. I want to thank the General Assembly for their unanimous support and for their thoughtful engagement as we worked together to pass this critical legislation.”
The bill passed the House today by a vote of 140-0 and the Senate by a vote of 44-0 on April 5th.. In February, the Lt. Governor Brown testified in favor of the bill before the Senate Education, Health & Environmental Affairs Committee, as well as the House Health & Government Affairs and Economic Matters Committees.
The legislation ensures that veterans who apply for occupational and professional licenses in Maryland get credit for their military training, education, and experience; requires Maryland’s public institutions of higher education to develop and implement policies for awarding academic credit for relevant military training and education; and establishes an expedited licensing procedure for veterans, servicemembers, and military spouses who relocate to Maryland and hold an occupational or professional licensure in another state.
Lt. Governor Brown, a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves and the nation’s highest-ranking elected official to have served a tour of duty in Iraq, leads the O’Malley-Brown Administration’s efforts to provide veterans with better services and resources. Since taking office in 2007, Lt. Governor Brown has championed successful efforts to pass the Veterans Behavioral Health Act, protect veterans’ business loans programs and fully fund the Iraq and Afghanistan Scholarship Program. In 2011, the Lt. Governor launched the Mil2FedsJobs web portal, located on the Maryland Workforce Exchange (MWEjobs.maryland.gov <http://MWEjobs.maryland.gov> ), the first of its kind in any state to directly match transitioning service members with careers in the Federal Government. During the 2012 Legislative Session, the Lt. Governor advocated for legislation passed by the General Assembly to create a notation of ‘veteran’ status on drivers’ licenses and identification cards, giving veterans greater access to services and resources.