CSSB 4(STA): "An Act relating to applying military education, training, and service credit to occupational licensing and certain postsecondary education and employment training requirements; providing for a temporary occupational license for qualified military service members; and providing for an effective date."
00 CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 4(STA) 01 "An Act relating to applying military education, training, and service credit to 02 occupational licensing and certain postsecondary education and employment training 03 requirements; providing for a temporary occupational license for qualified military 04 service members; and providing for an effective date." 05 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 06 * Section 1. AS 08.01 is amended by adding a new section to read: 07 Sec. 08.01.064. Military education, training, and service credit; temporary 08 license. (a) Notwithstanding another provision of law, the department or applicable 09 board shall accept military education, training, and service as equivalent to some or all 10 of the qualifications otherwise required of an applicant for a license or certificate 11 issued under this chapter if the applicant provides satisfactory evidence of successful 12 completion of the education, training, or service as a member of the armed forces of 13 the United States, the United States Reserves, the National Guard of any state, the 14 Military Reserves of any state, or the Naval Militia of any state.
01 (b) If the department or applicable board is otherwise authorized to issue a 02 temporary license or certificate, the department or applicable board shall issue a 03 temporary license or certificate to a person who 04 (1) applies to the department or relevant board in a manner prescribed 05 by the department or board; 06 (2) meets the requirements in AS 08.01.063(a)(3) - (6); and 07 (3) while on active duty in the armed forces of the United States or any 08 state, as described in (a) of this section, 09 (A) held a current license or certificate in another state, district, 10 or territory of the United States and has practiced in the area of the license or 11 certificate; or 12 (B) was awarded a degree, diploma, or certificate by a branch 13 of the armed forces of the United States or any state, as described in (a) of this 14 section, that met standards for an equivalent license or a certificate of technical 15 training. 16 (c) The department or applicable board shall expedite the issuance of a license 17 under (b) of this section. 18 (d) A temporary license or certificate issued under (b) of this section is valid 19 for 180 days. 20 (e) The department or applicable board may adopt regulations necessary to 21 implement this section. 22 * Sec. 2. AS 14.40.210 is amended by adding a new subsection to read: 23 (c) The president of the University of Alaska shall implement a policy and 24 procedure for the acceptance of academic credit toward a degree or technical program 25 offered by the university if an applicant provides satisfactory evidence of successful 26 completion of relevant military education, training, or service as a member of the 27 armed forces of the United States, the United States Reserves, the National Guard of 28 any state, the Military Reserves of any state, or the Naval Militia of any state. 29 * Sec. 3. AS 14.48.060(b) is amended to read: 30 (b) A postsecondary educational institution must be maintained and operated, 31 or, in the case of a new institution must demonstrate that it can be maintained and
01 operated so that 02 (1) the quality and content of each course or program of instruction, 03 training, or study are such as may reasonably and adequately achieve the stated 04 objective for which the course or program is offered; 05 (2) the institution has or has access to adequate space, equipment, 06 instructional materials, and personnel where applicable to achieve the stated objective 07 of the course or program of study and to provide education of good quality; 08 (3) the education or experience qualifications of directors, 09 administrators, supervisors, and instructors are such as may reasonably ensure that the 10 students will receive education consistent with the objectives of the course or program 11 of study; 12 (4) the institution provides a catalog or brochure containing 13 information describing the programs offered, program objectives, length of program, 14 schedule of tuition, fees, and all other charges and expenses necessary for completion 15 of the course of study, cancellation and refund policies, and other material facts 16 concerning the institution and the program or course of instruction that are reasonably 17 likely to affect the decision of the student to enroll, together with any other disclosures 18 specified by the commission by regulation; and that this information is provided to 19 prospective students before enrollment; 20 (5) upon satisfactory completion of training, the student is given 21 appropriate educational credentials by the institution, indicating that the course of 22 instruction or study has been satisfactorily completed by the student; 23 (6) adequate records are maintained by the institution to show 24 attendance, progress, or grades, and that satisfactory standards are enforced relating to 25 attendance, progress, and performance; 26 (7) the institution is maintained and operated in compliance with all 27 pertinent ordinances and laws relating to the safety and health of persons on [UPON] 28 the premises of the institution; 29 (8) the institution is financially sound and capable of fulfilling its 30 commitments to students; 31 (9) neither the institution nor its agents engage in advertising, sales,
01 collection, credit, or other practices which are false, deceptive, misleading, or unfair; 02 (10) the chief executive officer, trustees, directors, owners, 03 administrators, supervisors, staff, and instructors of the institution are of good 04 reputation and character and have not been convicted of a violation of AS 14.48.020 05 or 14.48.150 or AS 45.50.471 - 45.50.561 or a comparable law in another state or 06 province; 07 (11) the student housing owned, maintained, or approved by the 08 institution is appropriate, safe, and adequate; 09 (12) the institution has a fair and equitable cancellation and refund 10 policy; [AND] 11 (13) the charges set by the institution for tuition, fees, books, and 12 supplies are fair and equitable; and 13 (14) the institution accepts military education, training, or service 14 credit or hours toward a degree or technical program offered by the institution if 15 (A) the institution otherwise accepts transfer credits or 16 hours; and 17 (B) the credit or hours transfer process meets the 18 requirements of the accrediting body of the institution or the commission. 19 * Sec. 4. AS 23.15.820(a) is amended to read: 20 (a) The Alaska Workforce Investment Board shall 21 (1) administer the Alaska technical and vocational education program 22 established in AS 23.15.820 - 23.15.850; 23 (2) facilitate the development of a statewide policy for a coordinated 24 and effective technical and vocational education training system in this state and, to 25 the extent authorized by federal and state law, plan and coordinate federal, state, and 26 local efforts in technical and vocational education programs; 27 (3) adopt regulations under AS 44.62 (Administrative Procedure Act) 28 to carry out the purposes of AS 23.15.820 - 23.15.850, including regulations that set 29 standards for the percentage of a grant that may be used for administrative costs; the 30 regulations must clearly identify and distinguish between expenses that may be 31 included in administrative costs and those that may not be included in administrative
01 costs; the percentage allowed for administrative costs may not exceed the lesser of five 02 percent or the amount permitted under the requirements of a federal program, if 03 applicable; 04 (4) administer the grant program under AS 23.15.840 and establish 05 grant administration requirements including accounting procedures that apply to 06 qualified entities and their grantees; 07 (5) facilitate the development and implementation of a statewide 08 policy and procedure that provides for the acceptance of credit or hours toward a 09 degree or technical program offered by a vocational or technical training center 10 in the state for an applicant who provides satisfactory evidence of successful 11 completion of relevant military education, training, or service as a member of the 12 armed forces of the United States, the United States Reserves, the National 13 Guard of any state, the Military Reserves of any state, or the Naval Militia of any 14 state. 15 * Sec. 5. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to 16 read: 17 MILITARY EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND SERVICE CREDIT: TRANSITION. 18 The Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development and applicable 19 boards may immediately adopt regulations necessary to implement AS 08.01.064, added by 20 sec. 1 of this Act, except that the effective date of the regulations may not be earlier than the 21 effective date of secs. 1 - 4 of this Act. 22 * Sec. 6. Sections 1 - 4 of this Act take effect December 31, 2013. 23 * Sec. 7. Section 5 of this Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c).