STATEHOUSE – State Representative Christopher Judy (R-Fort Wayne) authored legislation to benefit Hoosier veterans. House Bill (HB) 1159 passed the Indiana House with a vote of 98-0.
“Veterans sacrifice so much for our country, and despite the leadership experience and expertise that comes with military service, many are still struggling to find lasting, meaningful employment,” said Rep. Judy. “I want to create opportunities and make finding employment easier for veterans, and I am very excited to support those who have worked so hard to protect this country.”
If enacted, HB 1159 would provide a voluntary preference for private companies that hire, promote or retain a veteran. Currently, there are no provisions in state law that would allow for preferential hiring of veterans by private employers. Under HB 1159, men and women who return from duty, and leave the military under honorable conditions, would have more employment opportunities in the private sector.
“Currently, 13 states have enacted similar legislation working to reduce the high unemployment rate facing veterans today,” said Rep. Judy. “With roughly 160,000 veterans being discharged and looking for work each year, it is my hope to increase employment opportunities, providing them an easier avenue to find work after their service is over.”
This bill will now go to the Senate for further consideration and debate.
For more information on HB 1159 and other legislation, visit www.iga.in.gov and search for the bill number.
Rep. Judy (R-Fort Wayne) represents portions of Whitley and Allen counties. He serves as a member of the Agriculture and Rural Development, Natural Resources and Veterans Affairs and Public Safety committees.