New Law Helps Maryland’s Veterans and Economy

As reported by the Baltimore Sun, First lady Michelle Obama came to Annapolis this week for the signing of a new Maryland law that removes barriers for veterans in transition to the civilian workforce.  As quoted in the Sun,

Obama called the law “one of the best bills we’ve seen in the entire country. You’re tackling three big issues all at once.”

The legislation, as reported

. . .  requires agencies to expedite the processing for veterans of 70 professional licenses, including those for nurses, paramedics and teachers.  The measure also spells out how agencies and universities should translate military education and experience for licensing purposes and college credits. And it helps military spouses more quickly get professional licenses in Maryland.

The legislation had unanimous support of the General Assembly. Delegate Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, minority whip in the House of Delegates, was reported as saying that the legislation drew bipartisan support because it will help the state’s economy and foster job creation.  From the Sun,

“Anything we can do for our veterans, especially our returning veterans, to help the assimilation back into the community and into the workplace is a worthy cause,” she said.

For more information, see the full story and video from the Sun.