COLUMBUS – Representative Laura Lanese (R-Grove City) joined as a cosponsor to House Bill 133 on Wednesday, which will require licensing agencies to grant temporary occupational licenses to members of the military and their spouses who have moved to Ohio because of their active duty assignment, if they are licensed in another jurisdiction. HB 133 passed the House with a vote of 97-0 and received unanimous bipartisan support.
“House Bill 133 is an important step forward in supporting military families in our state,” said Lanese. “Spousal unemployment is a serious burden on many of these military families who have to relocate often. This bill helps alleviate that burden by assisting those spouses who wish to retain their professional, licensed occupation when they move to Ohio. I want to thank Representatives Perales and Weinstein for their work on getting this bill passed. I think this bill is in line with the goal of putting Ohio at the national forefront of supporting our military.”
Representative Lanese, a veteran of the US Army Reserve and the Ohio Air National Guard, serves as a member of the Armed Services and Veterans Affairs Committee. Earlier this year, she cosponsored other legislation to support Ohio’s veterans and armed services members, such as HB 18, which exempted veteran’s disability severance pay from income tax and HB 52, which requires entities to inform veterans about available health care benefits. She will continue to look for ways to make Ohio the most military friendly place in the United States.