APPLE VALLEY, CA – Today, Assemblyman Thurston “Smitty” Smith introduced legislation to help reduce the financial burden for veterans trying to enter the workforce.

AB 2105 would reduce Contractor State License Board (CSLB) fees by 50 percent for honorably discharged veterans applying for their initial license.

Veterans face numerous challenges when transitioning from active duty to the civilian workforce. According to the US Census Bureau, former infantry and combat veterans tend to have lower earnings and employment rates after leaving service. CSLB licensing fees can prove burdensome, especially for these lower income veterans.

“Veterans often gain valuable job skills during military service, which can be used upon entering the civilian workforce,” said Assemblyman Smith. “Easing this financial barrier will bring skilled labor into California and help chip away at the growing issue of veteran homelessness in the state.”

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Assemblymember Thurston “Smitty” Smith (R-Apple Valley) is a retired small business owner and a longtime advocate for California’s taxpayers. He is the former three-term mayor of Hesperia. Smitty and his wife, Margaret, have been residents of the 33rd Assembly District for over 32 years, where they raised their two children together. Learn more about Smitty at: