Georgia Laws to Help Military Families

Georgia House Bill 188

Article written April 8, 2013

 

          House Bill 188 was passed by the Georgia General Assembly and signed into law by the Governor today, April 8, 2013. It provides for the creation of a board that will accept applications from current or former members of the U.S. military for a Georgia license as an Electrical Contractor Class I, Journeyman Plumber, Conditioned Air Contractor Class I, Utility Foreman, or residential-light commercial contractor’s license.

This will help provide employment opportunities for men and women who have served our country, and it will recognize the hard work and training they’ve undergone during military service. Former members of the U.S. military should note: applicants applying to the board for a license must do so within 180 days after his or her discharge. The discharge cannot be a dishonorable discharge or a bad conduct discharge.

Former members of the U.S. military applying for state licenses through the new board should also note that fees and insurance required by traditional applicants will be required by applicants to the new board, too. Licenses must be renewed just like those obtained in the traditional fashion.

The spouses of current members of the U.S. military who relocate to Georgia due to the assignment of the member will be able to apply to the board for an Electrical Contractor Class I, Journeyman Plumber, Conditioned Air Contractor Class I, or Utility Foreman license if the spouse has such a license from another state and the training, experience, and testing for the out-of-state license meets or exceeds Georgia’s requirements for that license. Again, fees, insurance, and renewals of the licenses will be the same for these spouses as they are for traditional holders of state licenses.

These new code sections can help provide employment opportunities for the families of men and women who have served our country. Military families sacrifice a lot, and it’s encouraging that our State’s government has created this way to help them out in these tough economic times. The new code sections codifying House Bill 188 are O.C.G.A. §§ 43-14-15, 43-14-16, 43-41-18, and 43-41-19.