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  • NJ A460
  • Expands eligibility for veterans civil service preference.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would expand eligibility for veterans hiring preference in the civil service so that individuals who are eligible for veterans preference in the federal civil service, but are not eligible for preference in the State civil service, would receive State civil service veterans preference. Federally qualified disabled veterans, followed by federally qualified veterans would be listed at the top of an employment list after veterans qualified under current New Jersey law. New Jersey law requires service in time of war or other emergency to receive the preference. Under this bill, to receive the preference, an individual must meet the eligibility requirements in section 2108 of Title 5, United States Code, as may be amended and supplemented. This means that an individual must have an honorable or general discharge and have served: -During the period December 7, 1941, to July 1, 1955; or -For more than 180 consecutive days, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976; or -During the Gulf War from August 2, 1990 through January 2, 1992; or -In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized, including El Salvador, Grenada, Haiti, Lebanon, Panama, Somalia, Southwest Asia, Bosnia, and the Global War on Terrorism. The Adjutant General of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs will be responsible for determining whether any person seeking to be considered a disabled veteran or a veteran under this bill meets the criteria and will adjudicate an appeal from any person disputing this determination. The application of this benefit to veterans who did not serve in a time of war would apply only if an amendment to the State constitution is approved by the voters to permit such veterans to receive the benefit.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, Military and Veterans' Affairs
Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading  (on 12/15/2016)
Date Chamber Action Description
12/15/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
12/15/2016 Assembly Appropriations Hearing (13:00 12/15/2016 Committee Room 11, 4th Floor)
3/3/2016 A Reported and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
3/3/2016 Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs Hearing (10:00 3/3/2016 Committee Room 13, 4th Floor)
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 12/15/2016 Assembly Appropriations Committee: Reported Favorably 7 0 4
Detail 3/3/2016 Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee: Reported Favorably 4 0 2