STATE OF NEW YORK
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                                         4827--A
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    February 3, 2017
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        Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  DenDEKKER  --  read once and referred to the
          Committee on Veterans' Affairs --  recommitted  to  the  Committee  on
          Veterans'  Affairs  in  accordance  with  Assembly  Rule  3, sec. 2 --
          committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as  amended  and
          recommitted to said committee
        AN  ACT  to  amend the executive law, in relation to establishing a task
          force on veteran  employment  opportunities;  and  providing  for  the
          repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. The executive law is amended by adding a new section  352-a
     2  to read as follows:
     3    §  352-a.  Veterans  employment  task  force. 1. There shall be in the
     4  division a task force on veterans employment opportunities  which  shall
     5  consist of the following eleven members: the state director of veterans'
     6  affairs or his or her designee, who shall serve as the chair of the task
     7  force; the commissioner of the office of general services, or his or her
     8  designee; the president of the state civil service commission, or his or
     9  her  designee;  the  commissioner  of labor, or his or her designee; the
    10  adjutant general for the state of New York, or his or her designee;  two
    11  members  appointed by the temporary president of the senate, one of whom
    12  shall be a representative from the private sector; two members appointed
    13  by the speaker of the assembly, one of whom shall  be  a  representative
    14  from  the private sector; one member appointed by the minority leader of
    15  the senate; and one member appointed  by  the  minority  leader  of  the
    16  assembly.
    17    2.  No member of the task force shall be disqualified from holding any
    18  public office or employment, nor shall he or she forfeit any such office
    19  of employment by virtue of his  or  her  appointment  pursuant  to  this
    20  section.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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     1    3.  Members  of the task force shall receive no compensation for their
     2  services, but shall be  allowed  their  actual  and  necessary  expenses
     3  incurred in the performance of their functions pursuant to this section.
     4    4.  On  an annual basis, the task force shall hold at least two public
     5  hearings. To the extent practicable, such  hearings  shall  be  held  in
     6  different  regions  of  the  state. During the public hearings, the task
     7  force shall hear the testimony of voluntary witnesses,  may  compel  the
     8  testimony  of  witnesses and may require the production of any documents
     9  the task force deems reasonably necessary to carry out its  responsibil-
    10  ities.
    11    5. The task force shall issue a report on June 30, 2020, and every two
    12  years  after  such date, to the governor, the temporary president of the
    13  senate, and the speaker of the assembly. Such report shall  include  but
    14  not be limited to:
    15    (a)  recommendations  on  the  development of new methods and programs
    16  aimed at assisting the state's veterans in finding and maintaining mean-
    17  ingful employment opportunities;
    18    (b) an analysis of the current methods and programs;
    19    (c) the impact on veteran employment by professional licensing;
    20    (d) the impact of veteran contractor programs;
    21    (e) the impact of tax credits and municipal grants  for  hiring  unem-
    22  ployed veterans; and
    23    (f) any private sector initiatives.
    24    §  2.  This act shall take effect immediately; and shall expire and be
    25  deemed repealed December 31, 2022.