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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: February 7, 2019 02:26 PM
From: Senator Camera Bartolotta
To: All Senate members
Subject: Credit for Military Experience for Civilian Licensure or Certification
In an effort to enhance employment opportunities for our veterans, I will reintroduce legislation requiring any state agency which regulates professions or occupations to evaluate and provide appropriate credit for military experience towards licensure or certification. This proposal will be similar to Senate Bill 1040 from the previous legislative session.

Many veterans leave active service with a great deal of training and education in various fields. However, they often find it challenging to find post-military employment allowing them to obtain credit for that experience and training for use in obtaining related civilian employment. My proposal will include provisions such as an evaluation of the extent to which military training meets state requirements; identification of reciprocity mechanisms with other states; and documentation of the results and publication of a summary of pathways available to veterans to obtain authorization to practice an occupation.

I invite you to join me in cosponsoring this proposal and assisting our veterans in fully utilizing their military training and experience for use in civilian jobs when they leave the military.