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.
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).
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