A House subcommittee unanimously passed a bill to help service members and spouses find and keep jobs when they relocate to Florida.
HB 615, known as Occupational Opportunity Act, sailed through the Florida Careers & Competition Subcommittee Tuesday with a bipartisan vote. Next stop for the bill is the full Commerce Committee.
Palm Beach Republican Paul Renner filed HB 615, with Jeff Brandes of St. Petersburg introducing the Senate version.
The Occupational Opportunity Act seeks to expand opportunities for the military community in Florida by lengthening the time an occupational license stays valid after a service member retires or a spouse moves into the state.
If passed, HB 615 would waive licensing fees for new in-state applicants among those in the military community.
Concerned Veterans for America Coalitions Director Diego Echeverri calls the bill 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.”
Echeverri says HB 615 paves the way “for greater economic opportunity” for millions in the state’s military community.