[r45] Military Education Bill Receives Approval from both Constituents and Legislators (1/30/2012)

Monday, January 30, 2012

Start Date: 1/30/2012
End Date: 1/30/2012

STATEHOUSE—State Representative Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville) authored House Bill (HB) 1116, which will require state educational institutions to award educational credit to members of the military who are enrolled in a state educational institution and who successfully complete specified courses while serving in the armed forces. The bill recently passed out of the House unanimously.

“This bill says to our soldiers we respect the training you took while you were in the military, and we’re going to apply it to your college degree.  It will also help the soldier’s family by expediting the licensing process if their profession requires one,” said Rep. Borders. “It’s one way we can help make the lives of our soldiers and their families a little smoother when they return home. They deserve it.”

State educational institutions will adopt a policy to award credit to an individual who is enrolled in a state educational institution and successfully completes courses that:

• Are part of the individual’s military service
• Meet the standards of the American Council on Education for awarding academic credit
• Meet the state educational institution’s role, scope and mission

Furthermore, the bill requires that the Commission for Higher Education must adopt rules that establish uniform guidelines for state educational institutions to follow when implementing the requirements. This legislation will also work to provide that an occupational or professional licensure board will issue a license, certificate, registration or permit to a military service applicant or military spouse who meets certain requirements.

The legislation has already received positive public feedback. Navy Master-at-Arms Petty Officer 1st Class Tony Laucevicius spoke with Rep. Borders directly after the bill moved out of the House.

“After serving in the Navy for thirteen years, I have seen firsthand the sacrifices that military families make,” said Laucevicius. “This bill will help assure soldiers get the educational credit they deserve and also assist their spouses who may need to quickly obtain licensing for their profession in Indiana. I personally think this legislation would help military families feel more at ease when moving or relocating to this state.

“Rep. Borders is providing our servicemen and women with beneficial options that can help not only them but their families too. House Bill 1116 seems like a win-win to me and I am sure many others would agree.”

HB 1116 will now move to the Senate for further consideration.