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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: December 3, 2020 10:56 AM
From: Senator John P. Sabatina, Jr.
To: All Senate members
Subject: Veteran Job Training Preference for Work Training Programs
In the near future, I plan to reintroduce legislation that will amend the Workforce Development Act to provide members of the PA National Guard and reserve components of the U.S. Armed Forces who serve on active duty, as well as their spouses, preference for placement into job training programs for one year after discharge. Under current law, the Workforce Development Act provides no preference for veterans or their spouses. 
As of 2017, Pennsylvania had 19,000 unemployed veterans, per The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That figure accounts for the 8th highest rate of veteran unemployment, at 5%, in the United States.[1] 

We owe it to those who have served our Country the opportunity for a good family-sustaining job in return for their service. Giving them preference for job training programs is one way we can show our appreciation and to strive to reduce the rate of veteran unemployment here in our Commonwealth. 
I hope you will join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation. 

The prior bill SB601 of 2019 was  sponsored by Senators: LANGERHOLC, BARTOLOTTA, FONTANA, MENSCH, HUGHES, COSTA, KILLION, BLAKE, J. WARD, REGAN, BROWNE, HAYWOOD, BREWSTER, IOVINO and A. WILLIAMS. It was unanimously supported by the Senate Labor and Industry Committee 11:0.  


Introduced as SB486