PRINTER'S NO. 2367
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
INTRODUCED BY BLAKE, ALLOWAY, SMITH, EICHELBERGER, MENSCH, GREENLEAF, FONTANA, RAFFERTY, SCHWANK, COSTA, WHITE, ERICKSON, VULAKOVICH, YUDICHAK, FOLMER, HUGHES, BAKER, SOLOBAY AND TARTAGLIONE, OCTOBER 7, 2014
REFERRED TO VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, OCTOBER 7, 2014
5Section 1. Short title.
8Section 2. Definitions.
16(a) Establishment.--The Pennsylvania Military Community
13(5) A member appointed by the Governor who has
14experience at the senior level of the military, such as an
15active duty retired three-star or four-star military officer,
16and who is familiar with the operations represented by the
17installations and organizations stationed in this
18Commonwealth. The member shall serve as the chairperson
19during the absence of the person elected under subsection
21(6) At least two members appointed by the Governor who
22are representatives of the military installations or
23organizations stationed in this Commonwealth and who have
24knowledge of the mission and operations of the installation
25or organization they represent.
26(7) At least two members appointed by the Governor who
27are experts in the field of economic development and who are
28knowledgeable in the missions and operations of the military
29in their respective regions of this Commonwealth.
30(8) An executive director appointed by the Governor who
9Section 4. Commission membership terms.
10(a) Terms.--Commission members shall be appointed for a term
11of two years and serve until their respective successors are
12appointed. A member may be reappointed for additional terms.
13Members appointed by the Governor under section 3(b) shall serve
14at the pleasure of the Governor.
18(c) Absenteeism.--A commission member who is absent from two
19consecutive meetings of the commission without a reasonable
20excuse as determined by the chairperson shall forfeit membership
21on the commission.
22Section 5. Powers and duties of commission.
23The commission shall have the following powers and duties:
24(1) Closely monitoring the activities at the Federal
25level pertaining to any initiative or proposal that will
26affect, either positively or negatively, any military
27installation or organization and defense-related organization
28in this Commonwealth.
1related organization in this Commonwealth.
5(4) Educating and engaging the stakeholders at the
6Federal, State and local levels and in the public and private
7sectors on the enhancement and preservation of the military
8installations and organizations and defense-related
9organizations in this Commonwealth.
10(5) Advocating at the Federal, State and local levels
11for the enhancement of the military installations and
12organizations and defense-related organizations in this
13Commonwealth in order to fully support our nation's military
14at home and abroad.
15(6) Estimating an annual budget for the commission.
16Section 6. Office of Executive Director.
17The Office of Executive Director is established in the
18commission. The office shall be staffed by the executive
19director appointed under section 3(b)(8), a deputy director and
20a mid-level administrative officer to fulfill the commission's
21purpose and responsibilities. Consultants may be employed as
22deemed necessary by the commission.
23Section 7. Report.
27Section 8. Effective date.
28This act shall take effect in 60 days.