VETERANS EMPLOYMENT ACT. (NEW)

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House Bill 370 (Public) Filed Tuesday, March 23, 2021
AN ACT REQUIRING OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING BOARDS AND STATE AGENCY LICENSING BOARDS TO INFORM THE SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY AND VETERANS AFFAIRS OF THE NAME OF THE PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR FILING DATA ON APPLICATIONS FOR LICENSURE SUBMITTED BY MILITARY-TRAINED PERSONS OR MILITARY SPOUSES; PROVIDING THAT LICENSING BOARDS SHALL DETERMINE AN APPLICANT'S STATUS AS MILITARY-TRAINED OR A MILITARY SPOUSE; EXTENDING THE PROTECTIONS AND BENEFITS OF THE INTERSTATE COMPACT ON EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY FOR MILITARY CHILDREN TO THE CHILDREN OF NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE MEMBERS WITHIN THE STATE; EXPANDING THE EMPLOYMENT PREFERENCE FOR VETERANS; AND AUTHORIZING COUNTIES AND CITIES TO ENTER INTO INTERGOVERNMENTAL SUPPORT AGREEMENTS WITH MILITARY INSTALLATIONS.
Intro. by Bell, Moore, Cleveland, Miller.

Status: Ref To Com On Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House (House action) (Jun 6 2022)

SOG comments (1):

Long title change

Senate committee substitute to the 2nd edition changed the long title. Previous long title was AN ACT ESTABLISHING A PILOT PROGRAM TO EXPAND THE VETERANS JUSTICE INTERVENTION PROGRAM AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS FOR THE PROGRAM.

Bill History:

H 370

Bill Summaries:

  • Summary date: May 31 2022 - More information

    Senate amendment to the 3rd edition makes the following changes.

    Section 3

    Makes additional conforming and technical changes to GS 126-81 and GS 128-15.


  • Summary date: May 24 2022 - More information

    Senate committee substitute replaces the content of the 2nd edition with the following.

    Section 1

    Amends GS 93B-2 to require occupational licensing boards and State agency licensing boards to annually inform the Secretary of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) by July 1 beginning in 2022 of the person responsible for filing information on licensing applications submitted by military-trainers persons or military spouses pursuant to GS 93B-2.

    Amends GS 93B-15.1 to require occupational licensing boards and State licensing boards to require all applications for licensure, certification, or registration to include a question requiring indication of whether the applicant is military-trained or a military spouse. 

    Section 2

    Enacts the following provisions to Article 29B, GS Chapter 115C. Limits the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (Compact) contained in the Article to providing transition services for child of active duty members of uniformed services, explicitly excluding the provision of services to children of inactive members. Defines inactive members to include inactive members of the National Guard or Reserves of any branch of US uniformed services. Requires local education authorities to provide the same services to children of inactive members requesting to transfer as those provided to military children under the Compact, when the inactive member is required to move to perform military service-related responsibilities and provides a copy of the relevant military order. Excepts interstate transfers, for which the local authority is required to attempt coordination of services with local authorities outside of the State, but cannot require such authorities outside of the state to provide service to children of inactive members transferring to or from the State. Applicable beginning with the 2022-23 academic school year.

    Section 3

    Amends the NC Human Resources Act, GS Chapter 126, expanding the defined term eligible veteran as it applies to the Act to include any veteran (was, a veteran who served during a period of war). Makes conforming changes. Makes clarifying changes to GS 126-81.

    Amends GS 128-15, which establishes State policy regarding preference for eligible veterans in public employment, to mirror changes made to GS Chapter 126, expanding the defined term eligible veteran to include any veteran rather than veterans who served during a period of war. Makes conforming changes.

    Section 4

    Enacts GS 153A-460 concerning counties, and GS 160A-499.5 concerning cities, authorizing local governments to enter into Intergovernmental Support Agreements with the Secretary of a military branch of the US Armed Forces to provide installation-support services as authorized by identified federal law. 


  • Summary date: Apr 21 2021 - More information

    House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition.

    Increases the appropriation for the Independence Fund, Inc. from $500,000 to $1 million for 2021-22, and now characterizes the funds as a directed grant. Provides further parameters for the use of the funds to establish and implement a pilot program to expand the Veterans Justice Intervention (VJI) program, now requiring the program to work with the sheriff's departments in the specified counties, now expanded to also include Chatham, McDowell and Nash Counties, and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Makes conforming changes. Clarifies that the previously specified requirements of the grantee are conditions of the appropriation of the grant funds. Makes organizational changes. Adds defined terms. Establishes parameters for the directed grant, including requiring disbursement in a single payment within 30 days of the date the act becomes law and providing that the funds do not revert. Adds that the act is to be cited as the "No Veteran Left Behind Act." Changes the effective date of the act to the date the act becomes law (was, July 1, 2021).


  • Summary date: Mar 23 2021 - More information

    Includes whereas clauses.

    Appropriates $500,000 from the General Fund to the Independence Fund, Inc. for 2021-22 to establish and implement a pilot program to expand the Veterans Justice Intervention (VJI) program in Brunswick, Craven, Cumberland, Onslow, Union, and Wayne Counties. Authorizes use of funds to hire or contract a subject matter expert for assessment, coordination, and VJI implementation in each of the designated counties. Lists four required actions of the Independence Fund in conducting the pilot program, including (1) partnering with nonprofits and government agencies to update data collection process maps developed for each county's initial response to veterans in crises, and (2) educating first responders, local community support employees, and others on veteran-specific crises intervention, suicide prevention, and VA resources available. Directs the Independence Fund to report on the effectiveness of the pilot program by June 30, 2022, to the specified NCGA committee and division. 

    Effective July 1, 2021.


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