Several other bills have been introduced over the past few months that address issues facing Delaware’s military members. The Dover Post rounds up the legislation to keep an eye on.
Joined by Gov. Jack Markell, several legislators stood on the steps of Legislative Hall in Dover last week to introduce new legislation that would help put returning veterans back to work.
House Bill 275 would offer companies a maximum $1,500 annual tax credit for a period of three years for each qualifying veteran they hire.
“We know veterans have a lot of skills that employers value,” said Sen. George Bunting (D-Bethany Beach), who co-sponsored the legislation with Rep. Earl Jaques (D-Glasgow). “They are disciplined, willing to work and take responsibility. This incentive might give an employer the nudge they need to help our returning veterans land on their feet with a good job.”
The bill has been assigned to the Veterans Affairs Committee in the House and has the backing of the governor’s office.
Several other bills have been introduced over the past few months that address issues facing Delaware’s military members. Here is a breakdown of the legislation to keep an eye on.
LEGISLATION House Bill 136
EXPLANATION Also sponsored by Jaques and Bunting, this bill changes the law to extend state employee hiring preference to the spouse of a member of the armed forces who is POW and MIA, as well as to spouses of veterans who are disabled. Currently, the law gives preference in hiring state employment to veterans, disabled veterans and the un-remarried widow or widower of a veteran.
STATUS The bill has passed both the House and Senate and is awaiting signature from the governor
LEGISLATION House Bill 235
EXPLANATION Sponsored by Rep. Brad Bennett (D-Dover), this bill would allow veterans or members of the armed forces, who reside in Delaware and own a motor vehicle registered in Delaware, to receive a 50 percent discount on the annual fee for entrance to state parks and recreation areas.
STATUS This bill has passed the House and has been assigned to the Veterans Affairs Committee in the Senate.
LEGISLATION House Bill 238
EXPLANATION Sponsored by Rep. Darryl Scott (D-Dover), this bill simplifies the process for a military member’s spouse who is applying for reinstatement of a professional license or permit with the Division of Professional Regulation within two years of the license or permit lapsing. It also allows a military spouse to apply for a six-month temporary license or permit while the application for endorsement is being processed.
STATUS The bill was passed by the House and was assigned to the Sunset Committee in the Senate.
LEGISLATION House Bill (has not yet been introduced)
EXPLANATION Rep. Deborah Heffernan (D-Wilmington) has drafted legislation that would exempt veterans who have served on active duty from having to pay tuition for online courses offered by Delaware’s three state colleges, including the University of Delaware, Delaware State University and Delaware Technical & Community College. The veteran must be a resident of Delaware for at least one year and have served in the armed forces for at least 90 days consecutively and been honorably discharged.
STATUS Heffernan has not yet introduced the legislation.