By Bobbi Cussins, Public Information Officer
A bill that would ensure veteran-owned businesses are recognized and designated as such in communities statewide passed the state House of Representatives March 13, the final day for bills to be passed out of the House to be considered by the Senate. House Bill 1909 was co-sponsored by Rep. Steve O’Ban, R-Pierce County.
As passed in the House, House Bill 1909 would allow businesses owned jointly by a resident veteran and the veteran’s spouse to be certified as a veteran-owned business. The bill would also encourage state agencies to award 5 percent of all procurement contracts to veteran-owned businesses.
“For many returning veterans, they are getting back on their feet and want to start their own businesses after honorably serving our nation. This bill ensures consumers will know which businesses are owned by veterans so they can show their appreciation by buying their goods and services. For some, it may be their way of saying ‘thank you’ for their service to our country,” O’Ban said. “Just like many of us look for the ‘Made in the USA’ designation on items we want to purchase, this would allow consumers to look for the ‘veteran-owned’ moniker so they can support our military men and women as they fulfill their dreams of being successful small-business owners.”
The bill passed the House unanimously and is now headed to the Senate for further consideration. The 105-day legislative session is scheduled to adjourn April 28.