COLUMBUS—Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) announced today that the Senate passed legislation this week which could waive the skills test for a commercial driver's license for veterans who have applicable military certifications.

Senate Bill 170, co-sponsored by Obhof, would require the Director of Public Safety to seek approval from the United States Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to create a temporary pilot program, allowing many qualified veterans the opportunity to pursue a profitable career as a truck operator.

“Our veterans should be afforded every opportunity to use the skills they gained while serving in the military when they come home to look for employment," said Obhof. “This bill not only helps them use those skills, but also helps Ohio's employers fill trucking jobs that remain unfilled due to a lack qualified applicants.”

Currently, veterans have two years from the time they are discharged from the military to use the current CDL training waiver and begin working as a professional truck driver. The removal of the restrictive two-year time limit and waiver of the skills test would allow military veterans to be exempt from regularly required CDL licensure training.

Senate Bill 170 now moves to the Ohio House of Representatives for further consideration. 

Strengthening Ohio's Domestic Protection Laws
In separate news, Obhof also announced that Ohio Governor John Kasich signed Senate Bill 7 at a ceremonial bill signing event this week at the Statehouse. This legislation strengthens existing law so that offenders who avoid service of a protection order and knowingly violate the terms of the order can be prosecuted.

“This legislation prevents people who knowingly violate protection orders from taking advantage of a loophole in the law to further harass their victims,” said Obhof, who co-sponsored the bill. 
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