Senate approves McNamara’s proposal supporting military spouses

Posted by: Jessica Baker  | Tuesday, March 21, 2017

STATEHOUSE (March 21, 2017) – The Indiana Senate voted today in support of State Rep. Wendy McNamara’s (R-Evansville) proposal 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 expediting licenses for active duty military spouses who are teachers.

“Many households rely on two incomes, and military families can be put in difficult situations when deciding to stay in the service or keep earning a living,” McNamara said. “Under this legislation, we can help alleviate this burden by licensing educators who move to our state when their spouse is reassigned here.”

If signed by the governor, House Bill 1396 would help 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.

“By expediting the process and requiring the State Board of Education to adopt these rules, military spouses who are teachers and move to Indiana will be able to continue their careers,” McNamara said. “Those who serve our country make many sacrifices, and anything we can do to make their transition to a new state easier is important.”

House Bill 1396 now heads to the governor where it could be signed into law, and if signed, the proposal would go into effect July 1, 2017.

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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 here.