Morrell Measure to Ease Veteran Entrance into California Workforce Passes First Senate Committee

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Senate Bill 1155 by Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga), which would reduce costs for veterans re-entering the state’s civilian workforce, was passed unanimously by the Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development this week.

“Thousands of veterans make the transition out of the military each year and many would like to call California home” said Morrell. “SB 1155 is one way to thank these men and women for their service and encourage them to start out their new careers here. By passing this legislation, we follow the lead of other states that have rightly recognized veterans’ unique skillsets and ensure that California is a welcoming place for members of the Armed Forces and their families.”

SB 1155 removes a barrier for veterans seeking work in California and encourages immediate entrance into the civilian workforce by waiving the application and initial license fees paid to the state in order to receive an occupational license. This policy shift will help veterans as they apply for jobs and can also be a tool in alleviating the crisis of veteran homelessness. Similar legislation was recently enacted in Wisconsin, Texas, and Florida.

The bill will next be considered in the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee later this spring.