Fast track for veterans licensing wins unanimous support

HB 2076 (military applicants; license requirements), sponsored by Representative Sonny Borrelli (R-Dist. 5), passed unanimously out of both chambers of the legislature. The bill allows the Arizona Department of Transportation and the Arizona State Board of Nursing to issue licenses to military veterans who meet certain criteria.

The legislation was transmitted to the Governor.

The bill also allows ADOT to waive the required driving tests for veterans or military members seeking a commercial driver’s license. Additionally, the legislation will grant nursing licenses to those who meet certain requirements and have relevant military experience. HB 2076 will be effective December 31, 2013.

The measure also aims to fast track the process for licensing Commercial Drivers and Practical Nurses. Currently, those with relevant military experience and training do not receive credit for their services, often delaying their placement within the civilian sector. The bill will effectively streamline the application process for veterans and expedite their transition into the medical and transportation industries.

Pleased with the overwhelming support the bill received, Representative Borrelli stated, “I am so proud of the fact that this bill passed through both chambers with unanimous support. This legislation will have a real effect on the employment potential of the veterans who selflessly put their lives on the line to defend our freedoms. Their ability to access the benefits of this essential legislation will allow Arizona to tap into the talents of the nations most dedicated professionals.”

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