House advances Reps. McNamara, Arnold’s proposal supporting teachers

Posted by: Jessica Baker  | Thursday, February 9, 2017 8:45 am

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 7, 2017) – The Indiana House of Representatives passed a bill authored by State Reps. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) and Lloyd Arnold (R-Leavenworth) that would expedite teacher licenses for military spouses whose husbands or wives are assigned to a duty station in Indiana.

McNamara said the proposal would require the State Board of Education to adopt rules allowing for expedited licenses for active duty military spouses who are teachers.

“Members of the military are often required to move multiple times during their years of service,” McNamara said. “By expediting the licensing process, military families coming here will be able to continue earning a living. When they are stationed in Indiana, it is essential we are helping to make this transition as smooth as possible for their families who are also making sacrifices.”

If enacted, House Bill 1396 would help to provide flexible work environments for military spouses who have established a career that calls for a teaching license. This benefits military families who relocate to the state and includes several provisions to assist in that move.

“I can attest that military spouses are often put in situations where they have to provide for the entire family,” Arnold said. “This bill would help ensure teachers who have relocated to Indiana can do just that while their loved ones serve our country through active-duty both at home and abroad.”

House Bill 1396 will now go to the Senate for consideration.


State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) represents House District 76,
which includes portions of Posey and Vanderburgh counties.

A high-resolution photo of McNamara can be downloaded by clicking

State Rep. Lloyd Arnold (R-Leavenworth) represents House District 74, which includes portions of Spencer, Dubois, Perry, Crawford and Orange counties.

A high-resolution photo of Arnold can be downloaded by clicking here.