Governor, lawmakers move to combat military spouse unemployment

Monday, July 6, 2020
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

employment applicationThanks to the efforts of an organization geared towards advancing constitutional ideals within Mississippi, the state recently joins those that recognize out-of-state occupational licenses of people married to military service members.

"There are nearly 700,000 military spouses around the country, and these are mostly women who are really carrying the burden to support their spouse and keep their family together," says Jameson Taylor, Ph.D. of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy. "Yet, because of outdated occupational licensing laws, it makes it really hard for these spouses to work in their chosen profession."

According to Taylor, the military spouse unemployment rate is six times the national unemployment rate.

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"When they move, these spouses have to quit their jobs, they have to quit doing what they love to do, and that's because of big government licensing restrictions," Taylor continues.

Prior to the passage of the Military Family Freedom Act (SB 2117), which passed on the first of this month, military spouses in Mississippi would have to spend time and money to go through the necessary steps to obtain an occupational license from the state.

"We said not anymore, not in Mississippi," Taylor adds.

Boards no longer have to attempt to compare education or training across the 50 states, and an applicant is able to continue with the work they were already trained for and successfully doing prior to the move to Mississippi.

The Military Family Freedom Act, was signed into law by Governor Tate Reeves (R-Mississippi).

A unanimous vote in both the House and Senate, the bill was sponsored by Republican senators Chuck Younger and Mike Seymour.

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