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  • NJ A4171
  • Establishing New Jersey Commission on Veterans' Benefits in DMVA.
Introduced
(9/19/2016)
In Committee
(6/12/2017)
Crossed Over
(6/8/2017)
PassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill establishes the New Jersey Commission on Veterans' Benefits in the Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs (DMAVA). The purpose of the commission is to develop, maintain, and annually update a five-year statewide veterans' benefits strategic plan that includes goals and measurable outcomes to ensure that all State departments and agencies are effectively delivering comprehensive services and support for veterans and their families in this State. Under the bill, the commission is composed of 13 members. Eight members would be the Adjutant General of DMAVA, who would serve as chairperson; the Commissioner of the Department of Human Services; the Commissioner of the Department of Health; the Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs; the Commissioner of the Department of Education; the Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development; the Secretary of State; and the Attorney General, or their respective designees. Five would be public members who are residents of this State and who are veterans, one each to be appointed by the Governor and the legislative leadership for three-year terms. At least two of the five public members are required to be women veterans. The bill directs the commission to develop the five-year strategic plan by conducting an analysis to identify the various programs and benefits provided by the State to the veteran population, and to evaluate those programs to assess their status and effectiveness. Areas of analysis would include, but need not be limited to, each existing program's status, successes, and challenges in addressing the veteran population's access to benefits; educational, job skills, employment, and business opportunities; physical and behavioral health and long-term healthcare options; criminal justice issues; housing opportunities and homelessness; and special needs as determined by the commission. The bill also requires the commission to develop recommendations to be submitted to the Governor and the Legislature to address any deficiencies in the provision of benefits and services to veterans in this State. Finally, the commission is required by the bill to prepare and submit an initial five-year strategic plan to the Governor and the Legislature within six months of its organization. Thereafter, the commission would prepare and submit annual reports to the Governor and the Legislature containing its findings, activities and recommendations, including any recommendations for administrative and legislative action that it deems appropriate.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, Military and Veterans' Affairs, Passed Assembly
Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee  (on 6/12/2017)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
6/12/2017 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee
6/8/2017 A Passed by the Assembly (76-0-0)
3/20/2017 Assembly Appropriations Hearing (19:00 3/20/2017 *A4177, A4597, S2997 (1R) are all pending referral)
3/20/2017 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
3/20/2017 Assembly Appropriations Hearing (19:00 3/20/2017 *A4177, A4597, S2997 (1R) are all pending referral*)
2/13/2017 A Reported and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
2/13/2017 Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs Hearing (19:00 2/13/2017 )
9/19/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/8/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 76 0 4
Detail 3/20/2017 Assembly Appropriations Committee: Reported Favorably 11 0 0
Detail 2/13/2017 Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee: Reported Favorably 6 0 0