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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: March 18, 2019 11:06 AM
From: Representative Mark M. Gillen
To: All House members
Subject: Transition - Military to Civilian Jobs
In the near future, I intend to introduce legislation that will ensure that a service member's military education and training are taken into consideration for the purpose of fulfilling requirements for professional credentials related to agriculture. Specifically, my proposal amends section 7502 of Title 51 (Military Affairs), relating to retention of licenses and certifications of persons entering military service.

In 2015, the General Assembly passed Act 23, which requires certain Commonwealth agencies to strongly consider a veteran’s military education, training and experience for the purpose of fulfilling requirements for professional credentials. The intent of that act was to provide the smoothest transition from military life to civilian life for our military personnel after serving their country and who possess certain skills obtained during their service.

Under current law, the following Commonwealth entities are responsible for meeting these requirements: Department of State, Department of Labor and Industry, Department of Education, Insurance Department, Department of Banking, and the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission.

Unfortunately, what is not included in this list is the Department of Agriculture, which has oversight on many required certifications such as food handling and pesticide certification.

I propose to add the Department of Agriculture to this list so that our veterans who wish to continue their military specialty after their service may do so with the least number of hurdles in obtaining the necessary certification. By doing so, we will prevent the duplication of training and education of a veteran and will assist them in their transition to civilian life.

Please join me in continuing to provide our military personnel with the most seamless transition to back to civilian life as possible.

Introduced as HB1596