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Veterans’ Affairs & Emergency Preparedness 2011-2012

The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee met on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 and unanimously reported out the following as committed:

HB 2321 – This bill amends Title 51 (Military Affairs) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in professional and occupational licenses, further providing for definitions and for retention and certification.


 The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee met on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 and unanimously reported out the following:

Promotion of Brigadier General Eric G. Weller to Major General LINE of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard.


The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee met on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 and unanimously reported out the following:

SB 345  – This bill amends the County Code to provide uniform, minimum standards for County Directors of Veterans Affairs. The bill was reported as committed.

SB 819  – This bill amends Title 51 (Military Affairs) of Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes to remove medical, nursing, therapeutic, recreational, other care or service staff positions at the state’s six veterans homes from Civil Service classification. The bill was reported as committed.

Additionally, the Committee unanimously reported out the promotion of PA Air National Guard Colonel Gerald E. Otterbein to Brigadier General.


The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee met on Monday, October 31, 2011, and unanimously reported out the following bills as committed:

SB 866 – The bill extends the sunset provision of the Volunteer Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Act.

HB 1500 – This legislation consolidates the Long-Term Care Patient Access to Pharmaceuticals Act into Title 51 (Military Affairs).

The following bill was unanimously reported out as amended:

SB 1264– This bill would create the “Flood Relief Act for September 2011.”  Senator Baker offered an amendment that clarifies that the grants will be awarded within 60 days of determination of eligibility.


The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee met on Tuesday, June 28, 2011, and unanimously reported out the following bill as committed:

HB 345 – The legislation amends Title 51 (Military Affairs) by authorizing the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to arrange for burial details at the Washington Cross National Cemetery.


The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee met on Wednesday, June 22, 2011, and unanimously reported out the following bill as committed:

SR 151 – This resolution urges the U.S. Congress to reconsider the proposed establishment of the “National Museum of the United States Army” in the current chosen site of Fort Belvoir, VA and construct this facility in Carlisle, PA.  Carlisle PA is home to the United States Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC).


The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee met on Tuesday, May 24, 2011, and unanimously reported out the following bills as committed:

SB 707 – The bill amends Title 51 (Military Affairs) by providing for spouses of active duty National Guard and Reserves to receive educational leave of absence.

SB 709 – This legislation amends Title 35 (Health and Safety) by allowing the firefighter relief associations to pay for EMS training.

SB 776 – This bill amends Title 51 (Military Affairs) by clarifying and expanding military educational leave of absence provisions.

SB 777 – The legislation amends “An act conferring upon judge advocates of the United States Army the powers of notaries public, declaring the effect thereof; validating notarial acts heretofore performed by judge advocates, and declaring the effect thereof,” to allow for judge advocates, including reserve judge advocates to serve as notaries in the courts of the Commonwealth when attending training, drill, or performing their normal duties.

HB 385  – The legislation calls for the Commonwealth to adopt the “Honor and Remember Flag.”

The following bill was unanimously reported out the following bill as amended:

SB 995 – The bill amends Title 35 (Health and Safety) by requiring that Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and the PA Department of Environmental Resources adopt emergency regulations for gas and oil wells.  Amendment A02137 was offered which adds clarifying language.


The Senate Veteran Affairs and Emergency Preparedness met on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 and unanimously reported out the following:

The committee met and unanimously reported out the conformation of Major General Wesley E. Craig for Adjutant General of Pennsylvania.


The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee met on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 and unanimously reported out the following bills as committed:

SB 264 – The legislation amends Title 51 (Military Affairs) by allowing for the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to arrange for burial details for veterans at the Washington Crossing National Cemetery.

SB 456 – This bill amends the County Code by mandating that flag holders may not be removed unless they are removed and immediately replaced with new flag holders.

SB 623 – This legislation amends Title 62 (Procurement) by assisting veteran-owned businesses in procurement contracts with Commonwealth agencies.