California Legislature Approves Bills Aiding Transition for Military Spouses, Veterans

A measure easing the way for military spouses to obtain professional licenses after moving to California is headed to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown (D) following the bill’s passage this week by the state Assembly.

AB 1904 would expedite the licensure process for military spouses with a current, valid license in their career field from another jurisdiction. Obtaining a new license can cause lengthy re-employment delays for military spouses moving between states.

“Helping spouses re-establish their careers aids our military families financially and has the added benefit of putting talented and licensed individuals to work in our state,” said Assemblyman Marty Block (D), who sponsored the legislation.

Another bill on the way to the governor’s desk would require California’s community colleges to award academic credit for service members’ experience. AB 2462, which the Assembly also passed this week, would require community colleges to create a process for using the American Council on Education recommendations to evaluate military experience by July 1, 2015. Creating a recognized and uniform standard to evaluate experience would aid troops in moving forward with their academic or training goals.

“In California, approximately 30,000 troops leave service with work skills that could be counted toward an academic degree, professional license or certification that could help them transition to civilian life after service to their country,” said Block, who sponsored the veterans bill as well.

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