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  • NJ A2515
  • Establishes New Jersey Military Skills Council.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill establishes the New Jersey Military Skills Council. The council is established in the Department of State, and is comprised of the Secretary of State, the Adjutant General, the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development, the Chairperson of the State Employment and Training Commission, the Secretary of Higher Education, and the Commissioner of Education, or their designees, who shall serve ex officio. The bill provides that it shall be the duty of the council to assess the condition of military skills and training in the State and to advise the Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the Department of Education on expenditures from the Workforce Development Partnership Fund and other State funds for the training and education of workers in preparation for jobs with the military and supporting industries. The bill requires the council, in developing an assessment of the condition of military skills and training in the State, to: (1) develop a comprehensive needs analysis of the State's military installations and key industries; (2) explore barriers impeding workforce alignment with the federal government and offer solutions to overcome those barriers; (3) identify opportunities for growth and deficiencies in the current skill sets of the workforce; (4) examine methods to develop and align curriculum, specifically science, technology, engineering, and math, at all levels of education in preparation for jobs with the military and supporting industries, as well as methods for increasing enrollment of students of all ages in science, technology, engineering, and math programs; (5) develop methods to improve understanding of the resources, benefits, and improved outcomes for service members resulting from federal or State legislation that provides opportunities for veterans, such as the federal Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008; (6) prepare workforce development strategies for the jobs of today and the future, by expanding academic and training opportunities to support workforce needs and exploring public-private partnerships to support workforce development; and (7) engage with educators, the military, and industry to ensure that workforce alignment initiatives address military, public, and private sector needs. The bill also requires the council to submit an annual report to the Legislature by March 1 of each year.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor, Military and Veterans' Affairs, Passed both Houses
Approved P.L.2016, c.16.  (on 7/15/2016)
Date Chamber Action Description
7/15/2016 S Approved P.L.2016, c.16.
5/26/2016 S Passed Senate (Passed Both Houses) (38-0)
5/26/2016 S Substituted for S2003
5/26/2016 S Received in the Senate without Reference, 2nd Reading
5/26/2016 A Passed by the Assembly (74-0-0)
3/3/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
3/3/2016 Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs Hearing (10:00 3/3/2016 Committee Room 13, 4th Floor)
2/4/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 5/26/2016 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 38 0 2
Detail 5/26/2016 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 74 0 6
Detail 5/26/2016 Senate Floor: Substitute For S2003 (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 3/3/2016 Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee: Reported Favorably 6 0 0