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Jan Angel-Sponsored Bill Would Help Accelerate Public Employment Preference For Veterans

The bill would make veterans eligible for the preference once they receive separation orders. The measure would also provide a 10-percentage point boost on civil service examinations.

A bill that would accelerate public employment preferences for veterans returning home from war or armed conflict received a public hearing Wednesday in the House Government Operations and Elections Committee.

Under current law, veterans who have served during a period of war or armed conflict may claim a preference in public employment upon separation from the military. House Bill 1537, co-sponsored by Rep. Jan Angel, R-Port Orchard, would allow veterans to claim the preference upon receipt of separation orders.

The change in state law is important, said Keith C. Cianco, a retired U.S. Army Sergeant First Class and a Bremerton resident. Cianco told the committee that even though he had received his separation orders from the military, he was not allowed to claim the preference percentage points on his civil service examination scores when applying in 2009 for employment with law enforcement because the separation had not been formalized.

“As such, I was noncompetitive. Those ahead of me on the list had the ten points granted to wartime veterans because we had been at war for over ten years. Even such, those with five points for only having completed a single enlistment and never having left the country also were ahead of me on the list,” said Cianco. “The civil service examination is your foot in the door. That’s the first hurdle you have to pass over to be able to get through the rest of the hiring process.”

Angel said the bill would help veterans who have struggled to secure jobs after returning home from active duty.

“Unfortunately, our economic situation here at home has not been that good. Thousands of people are out of work and others have given up finding jobs because of this difficult economy. This is the reality that our veterans face as well,” said Angel. “House Bill 1537 is an important step to show our returning troops we appreciate their service.”

The measure would also provide a 10-percentage point boost on civil service examinations for anyone who has served during a period of war or armed conflict. The bill now awaits committee action.

For more information, visit our Web site at:  www.houserepublicans.wa.gov.

-Washington State Republican

employee February 16, 2013 at 12:46 AM
While this is a step in the right direction, the war in Afganistan has been going on for 10 years, where was Jan Angel? She was supporting austerity for public service employees and actively reducing benifits to state and municiple workers through her connections with the American Legislative Exchange Council. She is the state chair for ALEC, but all mention of it has been removed from her website. If Jan wants to help combat veterans, she should take a look at the GI Bill, that ensured an affordable education, and fostered one of the greatest generations in Americas history. Does Ms.Angel have a plan to train these guys and gals to make them even remotely able to fill state positions? Sure folks with Military Police training could benefit from this, but what about the Infantry man? Or an indirect fire (mortar man), or any countless specialties that deserve honor for serving, but dont have a civilian counterpart. These people deserve a shot at a normal life, for protecting ours, Ms. Angel should be giving them a better shot at it, instead of just paying lip service to our veterans.
employee February 16, 2013 at 01:11 AM
Looking forward to the Patch article on Manditory Drug Screening for State Assistance. Introduced by Jan Angel, it really didnt work in Florida, Texas, Mass and in Michigan it was deemed a violation of the 4th amendment by the Michigan Supreme court. It was almost better in 2010 when the sum total of her legislative bills were 3 renaming bills, two of which did not pass.

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