Politics & Government
6:55 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Perdue Signs Bill to Help Military Spouses

Governor Bev Perdue has signed a bill helping military spouses find an easier path to work.

Gurnal Scott: The idea behind the bill is to peel back layers of red tape. Previously, soldiers' wives or husbands who wanted to get occupational licenses in North Carolina would have to meet or surpass state standards to enter the workforce. The new statute allows them to get their certification in North Carolina if they have been given a military specialty designation or if they've been licensed outside the state. Perdue often refers to North Carolina as the most military-friendly state in America. She says she signed the bill because "we owe it to them to provide this kind of support." Once the law takes effect, state licensing boards will have one year to comply.