Key committee advances McNamara's bill supporting military families

Posted by: Jessica Baker  | Thursday, February 2, 2017

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 2, 2017) – The House Committee on Education today approved a bill authored by State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) that would expedite teaching licenses for out of state military spouses whose husbands or wives are assigned to a station in Indiana.

McNamara said members of military are often required to move multiple times during their years of service and by expediting the licensing process, military families coming here will be able to continue earning a living.

“This bill will provide opportunities for military spouses who have established a career that requires a teaching license,” McNamara said. “My proposal would allow for an easier transition for military spouses to acquire teaching jobs in Indiana. Those who are in the military now may have a smoother time when making the difficult decision between keeping their active duty status and providing for their families.”

Without it being a law, the SBOE does not have to expedite the reinstatement of a teacher license, making it more difficult for a military spouse to acquire a teaching job once they move to Indiana.

According to McNamara, the current law allows the SBOE to adopt these rules to expedite the issuance, renewal or reinstatement of teaching licenses for military spouses, but does not require it.

The proposal would help military families who relocate to Indiana and includes several provisions to assist in that transition.

House Bill 1396 will now go to the Indiana House of Representatives for consideration.