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S.F. No. 331 - Establishing a Veterans Preference in Hiring in the Legislature and State Courts
Author: Senator Jerry Newton
Prepared By: Joan White, Senate Counsel (651/296-3814)
Date: March 13, 2019


Sections 1 and 3 (3.071 and 480.238) modify the Legislature and Supreme Court chapters of law, respectively, to establish veterans preference in hiring for vacant positions at the Legislature and the courts.

Subdivision 1 defines the terms “disabled veteran,” “recently separated veteran,” and “veteran.”

Subdivision 2 requires that applicants who meet minimum qualifications and: (1) claim disabled veterans preference, be listed in the applicant pool ahead of other applicants, (2) claim nondisabled veterans preference, be listed in the applicant pool after the disabled veterans, but ahead of nonveterans, and (3) are recently separated veterans who claim a veterans or disabled veterans preference, be considered for the position.

Subdivision 3 requires notification that the individual may elect to claim veterans preference.

Subdivision 4 requires an explanation to an applicant who claimed veterans preference who was in the finalist pool or who was interviewed who was not hired, as to the reason for the rejection.

Subdivision 5 extends the preference to the surviving spouse of a deceased veteran or the spouse of a disabled veteran who, because of the disability, is unable to qualify.

Section 2 (197.455, subd. 1) amends the veterans chapter of law related to preferences by adding reference to the new preferences in sections 1 and 3.

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