Barrar Leads Committee in Reporting Pro-Military Employment Legislation
1/16/2013
During its first meeting of the 2013-14 legislative session, Rep. Stephen E. Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), as majority chairman, led the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee to unanimously approve two bills aimed at assisting military personnel and veterans in pursuing their civilian vocations.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Stephen E. Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), majority chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, today led the committee in its unanimous approval of two measures aimed at assisting military personnel and veterans in pursuing their civilian vocations.

“Veterans and military personnel, in providing an indispensable service to our nation, make a tremendous sacrifice, and we must do everything possible to make it easier for them to live and work outside of their military service,” said Barrar. “The legislation approved today will make it easier for veterans to find state government employment and will help active duty military personnel to maintain their public-sector civilian positions.”

The committee unanimously reported the following bills:
  • House Bill 88, authored by Rep. Ron Miller (R-York), which would require the 15-day leave of absence for active duty military personnel to be applied to 15 individual 24-hour days. This legislation would impact those public employees working on a 24-hour schedule who can currently be docked for three days of work absence for one 24-hour day of military service. State law requires public employers to allow for 15 days of military service leave outside of sick and vacation benefits.
  • House Bill 107, authored by Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon), which would require certain Commonwealth agencies to strongly consider a veteran’s military, education, training and experience for the purpose of fulfilling requirements for professional credentials.

Barrar noted that both measures were approved by the committee last session and that House Bill 107, formerly House Bill 2321, also gained unanimous approval in the full House.

Both bills will now go to the House floor for debate and consideration.

More information about Barrar and his legislative priorities is available at www.SteveBarrar.com and www.Facebook.com/RepBarrar.

Representative Stephen E. Barrar
160th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Nicole Wamsley
717.783.8063
nwamsley@pahousegop.com

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