AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage has signed a bill designed to make it easier for veterans and their spouses to get back into civilian work following military service.

Under the new law, boards, commissions or agencies affiliated with the state’s professional and financial regulations department will develop a process to expedite professional licenses for veterans and their spouses. Those groups will be able to allow veterans to use a license they got in a different state until they get a new one in Maine.

Democratic Rep. Anne Graham of North Yarmouth is the bill’s sponsor. She said electricians, plumbers and nurses often wait a long time for their licenses to be transferred and that this will help them get back to work sooner.

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