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Bill named after Navy SEAL Chris Kyle to be signed into law

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A bill named after Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is set to be signed into Texas law Wednesday. It would fast-track police jobs for veterans.

Kyle and his friend, Chad Littlefield, were killed in early February at a gun range, allegedly by a veteran they were trying to help.

Before his death he was working to become a police officer in Dalworthington Gardens. But even though he was considered one of the top snipers in the country, he had to go through the same training as everyone else.

The bill will allow military veterans to prove their skills and skip out on certain parts of the police academy, streamlining access to employment.

"We have this pool of skilled people that we need to take advantage of," said Rep. Dan Flynn of Van Zandt County, who sponsored the bill.

He called it a "jobs bill."

Dalworthington Gardens Police Chief Bill Waybourn said a range officer who Kyle once coached in baseball was going to have to supervise him for 60 hours of gun range training.

"Seemed a little silly," he said.

The bill also allows military spouses expedited state licensing for some careers.

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