Eggman's First Bill Signed into Law

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman’s first bill – improving opportunities for veterans in state civil service – was signed into law Monday by the governor.

The first bill Eggman introduced, AB 372 eliminates a Vietnam-era policy that prevented veterans from earning preference for state civil service positions requiring a bachelor’s degree and two years of experience. The bill also ensures that every veteran who achieves a qualifying score on an open, non-promotional state civil service exam is placed on the hiring list.

With strong bipartisan support, AB 372 sailed through both houses of the state legislature.

Eggman was motivated to author the bill by the high rate of unemployment among post-9/11 veterans, which continues to exceed that of civilians. She also found the exclusion of preference from jobs requiring an education and experience was outdated and reflected attitudes from a very different time.

"During the Vietnam War the state excluded veterans on the justification that granting them preference for service undermined the principle of merit. Service is merit," she said.