State Senate Approves Morrell Measure to Jumpstart Veterans' Civilian Careers

Thursday, June 2, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Today, the California State Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 1155 by Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) to reduce costs for veterans re-entering the state’s civilian workforce.

“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.”

Also known as the “Welcome Home Act,” 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 in fields that currently require state licensing.

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.

Nationwide, it is estimated that young veterans face an unemployment rate of 13 percent.

SB 1155 will next be considered in the State Assembly.