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Forestal's veterans bill passes House committee

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Feb. 5, 2013


INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana House Committee on Veterans Affairs & Public Safety today passed a bill authored by Rep. Dan Forestal (D-Indianapolis) that will make it easier for Hoosier veterans trained as EMTs and paramedics to use those skills when they return from military service.

[Listen to audio of Rep. Forestal explaining the goal of his proposal.]

House Bill 1486 passed through the committee unanimously with a vote of 12-0, and will now move on to the full House of Representatives for further review and action.

Forestal’s proposal allows Emergency Medical Services (EMS) commissioners to develop rules to expedite procedures to certify veterans. Under current law, military versions of certifications are not valid in the state of Indiana.

“The bill requires the state to accept the military versions of these certifications,” said Forestal. “It helps veterans get jobs faster and avoids certification costs.

“This is about safety in our communities and improving the lives of the people who have served our country,” he added. “They can get back to doing what they love.”

Members of the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, the Profession Fire Fighters’ Union of Indiana, and the Indiana Fraternal Order of Police came forward to voice their support of this legislation.

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