Tallahassee, FL – Today the Occupational Opportunity Act, or HB 615, passed through the Florida Careers & Competition Subcommittee in a unanimous, bipartisan vote. The bill will next be considered by the full Commerce Committee.
The aim of the Occupational Opportunity Act is to expand opportunities for the Florida military community by making it easier for service members and their spouses to find and keep jobs as they relocate. If passed, the bill would lengthen the amount of time an occupational license stays valid after a service member retires or a military spouse moves into the state. HB 615 also waives licensing fees for new in-state applicants in the military community.
Concerned Veterans for America Coalitions Director Diego Echeverri issued the following statement:
“We’re encouraged to see the Occupational Opportunity Act moving through the state legislature with unanimous support. If passed, this bill would be a huge step in ensuring Florida veterans and service members have a fair transition back into their civilian life after returning home from protecting American freedoms abroad. The bill would pave the way for greater economic opportunity for millions in the Sunshine state military community. We urge the Commerce Committee to pass this bill swiftly so that this bill can get to the Governor’s desk without delay this year.“
HB 615 was filed by Rep. Paul Renner (R) of Palm Beach. The Senate bill was introduced by Sen. Jeff Brandes (R).