BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A bill that would give disabled veterans an edge when applying for a job with the state is headed for debate in the Idaho Senate. Democratic Sen. Brandon Durst of Boise is the lead backer of legislation that would give the state agencies the option to hire qualified disabled veterans without going through the competitive hiring process.

The Senate Commerce and Human Resources Committee voted unanimously Tuesday to introduce the bill. Durst — whose district includes the Gowen Field Air National Guard base — says it's a way for the state to appreciate and help veterans reintegrate back into the working world. The bill requires that candidates show proof of military service and disability, and that they meet minimum job requirements before the state can forgo the competitive hiring procedure.