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GA governor signs bill into law to help veterans transition

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COBB COUNTY, GA (WRCB) -- Georgia legislatures signed a bill into law that would help returning veterans transition back into the civilian workforce.

House Bill 188 will help to expedite the licensure process for select in-demand occupations for Georgia's returning veterans.

Governor Nathan Deal signed the bill Monday.

The new law creates a committee that will determine whether waivers should be provided for veterans based on their skills and training.Among the licenses are those for electrical contractor class I, journeyman plumber,conditioned air contractor class I, residential-light commercial contractor,and utility foreman.

The committee will also determine whether veterans' spouses can obtain a license in these areas if they hold a license from another state.

"Georgia is a military state, with more than 770,000veterans living here, but many of our veterans returning from deployment face challenges finding employment," said Deal. "The licensure bill will better serve our returning heroes by ensuring that they move into qualified trade positions more quickly upon their return.

The working group will be comprised of the division director of the Licensing Boards, members of the relevant boards, and members from theGovernor's Office of Workforce Development. The legislation does not change requirements for certification, including testing and applying to the board for a license.

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