PRINTER'S NO. 1483
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE BILL
No.
1040
Session of
2018
INTRODUCED BY BARTOLOTTA, SCARNATI, RESCHENTHALER, GORDNER,
HUGHES, HUTCHINSON, YUDICHAK, MENSCH, WARD, AUMENT, RAFFERTY,
TARTAGLIONE, BAKER, WAGNER, REGAN AND YAW, FEBRUARY 9, 2018
REFERRED TO VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS,
FEBRUARY 9, 2018
AN ACT
Amending Title 51 (Military Affairs) of the Pennsylvania
Consolidated Statutes, in rights and immunities, providing
for military occupational streamlining.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Title 51 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated
Statutes is amended by adding a section to read:
ยง 4111. Military occupational streamlining.
(a) Duties of agencies.--An agency shall:
(1) Evaluate the extent to which military training
received by veterans meets all or part of the requirements
for the practice of an occupation which the agency certifies,
licenses or registers.
(2) Identify reciprocity mechanisms with other states
that further such certification, licensure or registration
for veterans.
(3) Determine if an occupational exam is available to
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authorize veterans to practice the occupation.
(4) Publish as a notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin a
summary of pathways available to veterans in order for them
to obtain authorization to practice the occupation.
(5) Consult with community colleges and other
postsecondary educational institutions relating to:
(i) Courses or programs that cover the gap between
military occupational specialty training and the training
required to practice an occupation.
(ii) Refresher courses for the reinstatement of
lapsed civilian credentials.
(6) Consider adopting a national credentialing exam in
order for veterans to be issued the certificate, license or
registration.
(b) Implementation.--
(1) An agency that certifies, licenses or registers more
than 10 occupations or oversees agencies that do so shall
implement subsection (a) for:
(i) At least 25% of the occupations within two years
of the effective date of this section.
(ii) At least 50% of the occupations within four
years of the effective date of this section.
(iii) All of the occupations within six years of the
effective date of this section.
(2) An agency that certifies, licenses or registers 10
or fewer occupations or oversees agencies that do so shall
implement subsection (a) for:
(i) At least 50% of the occupations within two years
of the effective date of this section.
(ii) All of the occupations within four years of the
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effective date of this section.
(c) Intergovernmental cooperation.--An agency may consult
with any Federal or State military official or agency, community
college or other postsecondary educational institution in order
to implement this section.
(d) Report to General Assembly.--An agency that certifies,
licenses or registers an occupation shall, not later than June
30 of the year that commences after the effective date of this
section and annually thereafter for a period of six years,
prepare and submit a written report on the implementation of
this section to the majority chairpersons and minority
chairpersons of the Labor and Industry Committee of the Senate,
the Labor and Industry Committee of the House of
Representatives, the Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness
Committee of the Senate, the Veterans Affairs and Emergency
Preparedness Committee of the House of Representatives, the
State Government Committee of the Senate and the State
Government Committee of the House of Representatives.
(e) Construction.--Nothing in this section shall be
construed as conferring authority on an agency to determine
curriculum, program or courses offered at any community college
or other postsecondary educational institution.
(f) Definitions.--As used in this section, the following
words and phrases shall have the meanings given to them in this
subsection unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
"Agency." A department, board or commission of the
Commonwealth that certifies, licenses or registers an
occupation.
"Military occupational specialty." A category of special
duty that a member of the United States Armed Forces is trained
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to perform.
"Occupation." An occupation, trade or profession that may be
lawfully practiced in this Commonwealth only after obtaining a
certification, license or registration under State law.
Section 2. This act shall take effect in 60 days.
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