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Legislature Passes Bill Aiding Military Members' Transition into the Civilian Workforce


Saddler’s HB84 allows military credit, training to be used toward licensing or college

Friday, April 12, 2013, Juneau, Alaska – The Alaska Legislature today, with unanimous passage in the Senate, passed a bill to allow military personnel separating from service to apply their military training, certification and education toward state licensing, college credit or vocational activities.

House Bill 84, sponsored by Representative Dan Saddler, directs the state’s Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing, and the University of Alaska and vocational education facilities, to examine separating service members’ military credentials and experience, and credit them toward any applicable licensing requirements or educational credits.

“Our nation’s military receive world-class training, education and experience during their time in uniform,” Saddler, R-JBER/Eagle River, said. “These men and women make many sacrifices in the name of our defense and safety. We have an obligation to find ways to give veterans every opportunity to leverage their military experience into academic credit, job certification, or vocational training credits as they transition back into the civilian workforce.”

The bill was modeled on HB 282 sponsored by former Representative Bill Thomas, R-Haines, in the 27th Legislature.

HB 84 passed the House March 27 and now heads to the Governor for signature.

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