State Legislative Report
By John Graham
Several Bills of interest to the Chapter are pending before the State Legislature. These include:
HB 1277: This Bill, if passed, will increase the optional veteran’s real property tax credit. At the present time, veterans receive a $50 credit on their property tax unless their town or city has voted to adopt the optional higher credit of $100. This Bill proposes to change the $100 to “an amount of $100 to $500.” If it passes, action still will be required by each town and city to adopt an amount between $100 and $500 for the tax credit. One issue that needs to be explored is the specified service required to be eligible for the credit. Currently, only veterans who served during certain wartime eras are eligible for the credit. This bill was approved by the House on January 31st, and sent to the Senate for their approval.
HB 1406: This Bill would permit the appointment of a temporary guardian for the children of members of the armed forces who have been activated, and create a committee to study a possible tuition waiver for national guard members. This Bill was passed by the House on January 31st and sent to the Senate.
HB 1403: This Bill addresses the eligibility requirements for property tax credits for disabled veterans and their surviving spouses. Passage of this Bill would allow for prorated property tax credits for disabled veterans who have less than a total and permanent disability. This may get complicated. For example, if two disabled veterans own property jointly and they each have a 50% disability, can the credits be added together for a 100% credit or is an average taken. The House Committee to which this bill was referred is recommending that this legislation be killed, but will work with the sponsors to correct several defects in the bill prior to the next session.
HB 1405: This Bill would establish May 30th as Memorial Day every year, rather than the last Monday or a date to coincide with when the federal government celebrates Memorial Day.
SB 403: Special motorcycle plates for veterans who were awarded the Purple Heart;
SB 405: Fixes the problem for veterans who do not have a DD-214 and want “veterans” plate. Passed by the Senate on January 31st, and sent to the House for action.
HB 1442: Change in the eligibility requirements for POW/MIA plates from 30 days to simply having been a POW for any length of time.
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