A new bill will help soldiers get back to their normal lives after their return from service, Attorney General Dale Carter said yesterday.
Carter, along with State Rep. Dale Grubb, told reporters that Senate Bill 4-93 would make a world of difference to those it covers.
"It would be a benefit to those Hoosiers who serve in our military," he said.
Under the bill, soldiers with licensed jobs would be allowed an extension on their licenses during their time of service. Plumbers, nurses, and cosmetologists are three of approximately 40 jobs statewide that require licensing.
Grubb, who sponsored the bill, said that the bill is a small thank-you to Hoosier soldiers everywhere.
"It's the least we can do," he said. "We owe a great deal of gratitude to them... to the people this affects, this will mean a lot."
The bill was also expanded to include those incapacitated by illness, a move Grubb agreed with.
"I think the system was pretty unflexible," he said. "People have had to jump through hoops to get re-licensed... this will make it a lot easier."
Soldiers falling under the rule of this bill would be allowed up to 180 days from the time their active duty ceases to renew their license. This would benefit those whose licenses would expire during their time of service.
"There was a whole block of people who would have had problems under the current system," Carter said. "Any individual (under the approximately 40 jobs) can be helped by this."