[42 Pa.B. 7000]
[Saturday, November 10, 2012]
PART I. GOVERNOR'S OFFICE
[ 4 PA. CODE CH. 6 ]
[ EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 2012-12 ]
Pennsylvania Military Community Protection Commission
September 17, 2012
Whereas, the successful operations of the active, the reserve and the National Guard components of our nation's military are essential to the well-being and safety of our nation and of all Pennsylvania citizens; and
Whereas, the U.S. military installations, and organizations, and defense related regions comprised of military bases and the private sector enterprises that support them, which are located in the commonwealth are of vital importance to the efficient and effective operation of the various branches of the military and are a significant contributor to Pennsylvania's economy; and
Whereas, it is of vital importance to continually enhance the military value of the existing military installations and organizations stationed in Pennsylvania; and
Whereas, there is a need to have an integrated approach among all commonwealth agencies and stakeholders at the federal, state, and local levels and in the public and private sectors in the enhancement and preservation of the military installations and organizations located in Pennsylvania; and
Whereas, there is a need to always remain vigilant and to develop the requisite policies, programs and processes along with public and private resources to establish and maintain productive partnerships with the military installations and organizations and defense related regions in Pennsylvania; and
Whereas, there is a need to always be prepared to openly welcome all new federally-related missions, organizations and operations into the commonwealth; and
Whereas, there is a need for a Pennsylvania organization to be tasked with the responsibility of communicating recommendations, policies, plans and processes to each military installation and organization within the commonwealth in order to enhance their military value and to ensure the commonwealth becomes an exemplary host for all military organizations, the military and civilian members and their families.
Now, Therefore, I, Tom Corbett, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and other laws, do hereby establish the Pennsylvania Military Community Protection Commission as herein set forth.
Fiscal Note: 2012-12. No fiscal impact; (8) recommends adoption.
TITLE 4. ADMINISTRATION
PART I. GOVERNOR'S OFFICE
CHAPTER 6. ADDITIONAL COUNCILS AND COMMITTEES
Subchapter RR. PENNSYLVANIA MILITARY COMMUNITY PROTECTION COMMISSION
6.531. Purpose. 6.532. Responsibilities. 6.533. Composition. 6.534. Terms of membership. 6.535. Responsibilities of Commonwealth agencies. 6.536. Effective date. 6.537. Termination date.
§ 6.531. Purpose.
The purpose of the Pennsylvania Military Community Protection Commission (Commission) shall be to assist the Governor by providing recommendations and input to enhance the military value of installations, organizations and defense related regions within this Commonwealth by providing and implementing the requisite recommendations, policies, plans and processes to achieve that goal. The Commission shall also assist in providing an understanding within the United States Department of Defense that this Commonwealth is a great place for the military and the defense related personnel and their families to live, work and recreate.
§ 6.532. Responsibilities.
(a) The responsibilities of the Pennsylvania Military Community Protection Commission (Commission) are to:
(1) Closely monitor the activities at the Federal level regarding an initiative or proposal which will affect either positively or negatively a military installation or organization and defense related regions in this Commonwealth.
(2) Establish a viable and long-term relationship with each military installation, organization and defense related region.
(3) Assist with the expansion of economic development opportunities and defense related industry regions within this Commonwealth.
(4) Educate and engage the stakeholders at the Federal, State and local levels and in the public and private sectors in the enhancement and preservation of military installations and organizations and defense related regions in this Commonwealth.
(5) Advocate at the Federal, State and local levels for the enhancement of military installations and organizations and defense related regions in this Commonwealth so that these entities fully support the Nation's military stationed at home and abroad.
(6) Coordinate and provide oversight over all aspects of the Commonwealth's initiative to enhance the military value of the installations and organizations and defense related regions in this Commonwealth.
(b) The Commission shall report its activities at least quarterly to the Governor or a designated representative.
(c) The Department of Community and Economic Development (Department) shall establish the Office of the Executive Director of the Commission and staff the office as deemed necessary by the Commission Chairperson and the Department to fulfill the Commission's purpose and responsibilities. Consultants will be employed as deemed necessary by the Commission in consultation with the Department.
§ 6.533. Composition.
(a) The Lieutenant Governor shall serve as the Chairperson of the Pennsylvania Military Community Protection Commission (Commission). Other members of the Commission shall consist of the following:
(1) Four members of the Military Installations and Base Development Caucus appointed as follows:
(i) One member by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate.
(ii) One member by the Minority Leader of the Senate.
(iii) One member by the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
(iv) One member by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives.
(2) A member appointed by the Governor who has experience at the senior level of the military and is familiar with the operations represented by the installations and organizations stationed in this Commonwealth.
(3) Other members, as appointed by the Governor, who shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor, who are representatives of the military installations or organizations stationed in this Commonwealth and who have knowledge of the mission and operations of the installation or organization they will represent.
(4) An executive director, appointed by the Governor who is employed by the Department of Community and Economic Development, who shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor.
(b) Members of the Commission receive no compensation for their services. Members will be reimbursed for travel and related expenses in accordance with Commonwealth policy. See Chapter 40 (relating to travel and subsistence).
§ 6.534. Terms of membership.
(a) Members shall be appointed for terms of 2 years and continue to serve until successors are appointed. A member may be reappointed for one or more additional terms. Members appointed by the Governor serve at the pleasure of the Governor.
(b) If a vacancy occurs on the Pennsylvania Military Community Protection Commission (Commission), a successor shall be appointed in accordance with § 6.533 (relating to composition). The successor shall be appointed for a full 2-year term. A successor may be reappointed for one or more additional terms.
(c) A member who is absent from two consecutive meetings of the Commission, without excuse, shall forfeit membership on the Commission.
§ 6.535. Responsibilities of Commonwealth agencies.
Commonwealth agencies, boards and commissions under the Governor's jurisdiction shall cooperate fully with the Pennsylvania Military Community Protection Commission on the implementation of this subchapter.
§ 6.536. Effective date.
This subchapter takes effect immediately.
§ 6.537. Termination date.
This subchapter will remain in effect unless revised or modified by the Governor.
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 12-2184. Filed for public inspection November 9, 2012, 9:00 a.m.]
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