Texas House Approves ‘Helmets to Hardhats’ Bill

The Texas House today gave final approval to a labor-backed “Helmets to Hardhats” bill that can help steer military veterans to apprenticeship training programs.

SB 337 by Sen. Beverly Powell, D-Burleson, cleared the House today on a 114-29 vote under the sponsorship of Rep. Alex Dominguez, D-Brownsville. The measure, which permits the Texas Workforce Commission to award grants (subject to appropriations) to non-profit organizations that help veterans and active military make transitions to civilian employment, now moves to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk. 

“SB 337 will help build a path for military veterans to solid, middle-class careers that provide economic benefits commensurate with their service to our nation,” Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy said. “We hope many of these apprenticeships will be with Texas Building & Construction Trades unions, which provide unrivaled — and paid — training for productive livelihoods that build Texas.”

“We thank Sen. Powell, Rep. Dominguez and the members of the Legislature who supported a bill that does right by military veterans and working families.”