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WEBINAR: MILITARY-ENERGY ISSUES

Webinar on Military-Energy IssuesStates and localities are experiencing a dramatic increase in the number of siting and construction permits for renewable energy and transmission projects, which increases the potential for conflict with Department of Defense activities. Join us on Thursday, July 31 for this free webinar to discuss renewable energy development near military lands and steps states can take to address potential impacts early in the planning process. 

 

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VETERANS AND COLLEGE

soldiersMore than one million military veterans and their families are taking advantage of the Post 9/11 GI Bill to attend college.
 

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PREPARING FOR DUTY REPORT

military hatsThis report provides state legislatures with an overview of state responsibilities and related policy options concerning military affairs and state and local relationships with military installations. The focus is on state-level activities that ensure a suitable environment for military installations to carry out missions and sustain the presence of U.S. forces at home and abroad.

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SENTINEL LANDSCAPES

LegisbriefIn July 2013, federal agencies announced a new initiative to reduce the adverse effects of incompatible development. Known as the Sentinel Landscapes Partnership, the aim is to sustain military readiness, preserve agricultural land and protect wildlife habitat by focusing on areas where these priorities overlap. 

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OVERVIEW | MILITARY AND VETERANS AFFAIRS

There are currently 1.2 million people serving in the armed forces, more than 23 million veterans and more than 200 military installations in 47 states, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The military operations of the United States touch every state in some way, and state legislatures are playing an increasingly larger role in military issues.

NCSL tracks a variety of military and veterans issues, including: the health and mental health of returning soldiers; education benefits for military personnel, veterans, spouses and dependent children; employment and occupational licensing; environmental and land use laws for lands adjacent to military installations; and income and property taxation for servicemembers and veterans.

TASK FORCE

The NCSL Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs was created to examine issues affecting military-community relations and the health and well-being of veterans. Membership currently includes more than 50 legislators representing 25 states. Learn more about the work of the task force, past meetings and how you can get involved.

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DATABASE

The National Conference of State Legislatures works to bring you updated information about bills that have been introduced in the 50 states and the District of Columbia related to military and veterans issues. Search 2010-2013 legislation by state, topic, keyword, year, status and primary sponsor.

 

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  • Giving Veterans Hiring Preference

    Veterans offer a unique set of skills developed during their years of military service, yet unemployment rates for veterans remain high. With more military personnel returning home, state legislatures are more focused than ever on easing these veterans' transition to civilian jobs.

  • Webinar: Forming Military-Community Partnerships Around Shared Services

    Listen to the archived recording of this webinar that featured speakers who discussed shared services agreements that allow the military and local governments to “share” (to combine, consolidate or purchase) municipal or support services such as infrastructure, utilities, or other operations and maintenance services.

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