INDIANAPOLIS – On Thursday, the Senate approved Senate Bill (SB) 300, a measure authored by State Senator Richard D. Young, Jr. (D-Milltown) to open up more jobs for veterans applying for state employment. Sen. Young said this legislation originated from interim study committee testimony heard this summer demonstrating the need for a state employment hiring preference.

“The men and women of our armed services returning to Indiana are facing an unemployment rate that is more than double the state’s average,” said Sen. Young. “Our veterans once answered a call from our country; let’s not ignore their call now.”

As of May 2013, the unemployment rate of post 9-11 veterans was 20.1 percent. To curtail this alarming trend, Sen. Young proposed the measure which would allow eligible veterans that have been honorably discharged to receive preference points when being considered for full-time employment with the state of Indiana.

Currently, each individual being considered for state employment is evaluated on a point system. Under SB 300, a veteran  who is qualified and being considered for a position with the state would be awarded 10 percent of the total amount of points and disabled veterans would be awarded 15 percent of the total amount of points. Sen. Young said that other Indiana businesses offer similar preferences for eligible veterans already.

“Companies across the state have taken bold steps to tackle the high unemployment rate affecting our veterans,” Sen. Young said. “It’s time we do our part.”

SB 300 was approved unanimously by the Senate and now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Sen. Young represents Senate District 47 which encompasses portions of Crawford, Dubois, Harrison, Orange, Perry and Washington counties. For more information on Sen. Young, his legislative agenda or other State Senate business, call 1-800-382-9467 or visit www.IN.gov/s47.

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