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AK House Majority Caucus Press Release: House Passes Bill Helping Military Transition into AK Workforce


Thomas’ HB282 applies military training, education towards licensing or college

Wednesday, February 1, 2012, Juneau, Alaska – Military personnel separating from service stand to gain help transitioning into the civilian workforce or college under a bill passed by the Alaska House this morning.

The House unanimously passed Finance Co-Chair Bill Thomas’ HB 282. The bill directs the state’s Division of Corporations, Business & Professional Licensing, along with the University of Alaska and vocational education facilities, to examine the soldier’s military credentials and experience, and credit them towards any applicable licensing requirements and educational credits.

“Alaska sees 1,200 separating service members each year. That’s 1,200 potential workers who could contribute to our state’s economy. It is our responsibility to assist in their transition into our workforce should they choose to stay and commit to Alaska – if they commit to building their lives and families here we need to commit to them,” Thomas, R-Haines, said. “Many of our brave men and women received valuable, quality training through the military and it’s only right to have the state and schools take it into account – giving them a swift and effective transition.”

The bill also has a section granting temporary, 180-day licenses for qualified applicants to further aid in the transition from service to the private or public sector.

HB 282 is a priority of the Legislature’s Joint Veteran’s Caucus, co-chaired by Senator Charlie Huggins.

The bill now moves to the Alaska Senate for consideration, where Sen. Bill Wielechowski has its companion, SB 150.

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