NASHVILLE—Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) has passed a bill that will allow private employers to give hiring preferences to honorably discharged veterans and help them get jobs. The bill (HB0165) would allow private businesses to use the same hiring preferences used by state and federal employers. It also extends the preferences to spouses of a veteran with a service-connected disability, un-remarried widows or widowers of a veteran who died of a service-connected disability and un-remarried widows or widowers of a member of the military who died in the line of duty. Earlier today, it passed in the Tennessee House of Representatives and Rep. Pitts praised the bi-partisan support it received in the House and from the community: “Thank you to my colleagues in the House for their support of this legislation to help the business community hire veterans and family members of veterans. This was indeed a group effort beginning with the Montgomery County Veterans Coalition and the hundreds of veterans who descended on Nashville last month to push for passage. That support made the difference.” It now moves on to the Senate for a vote.