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6/27/17 Update
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2017-18 Bills
 

Active Bills Since Last Report
 
A number of New Veterans Bills were introduced since the last report.  Most Bills are in committee and will be moving between committees.  H.R.467 -  VA Scheduling Accountability Act passed the House and is now in the Senate.   H.R.244 —HIRE Vets Act has become public Law.  S.544 —A bill to amend Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 to modify the termination date for the Veterans Choice Program became public law.
 
H.R.91 — Building Supportive Networks for Women Veterans Act  This bill makes permanent the requirement for the Department of Veterans Affairs to carry out, through the Readjustment Counseling Service of the Veterans Health Administration, a program to provide reintegration and readjustment services in group retreat settings to women veterans who are recently separated from service after a prolonged deployment.Latest Action: 05/17/2017 Ordered to be Reported by Voice Vote
 
H.R.95 —Veterans' Access to Child Care Act. This bill directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide child care assistance to an eligible veteran for any period that the veteran: (1) receives covered health care services at a VA facility, and (2) is required to travel to and return from such facility for the receipt of such services.Latest Action: 04/06/2017 Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee by Voice Vote .
 
H.R.105 —Protect Veterans from Financial Fraud Act of 2017  This bill states that, in any case not involving negligent failure by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to investigate or monitor a fiduciary that results in fiduciary misuse of benefits, but in which any fiduciary misuses all or part of an individual's benefit paid to the fiduciary, the VA shall pay to the beneficiary or the beneficiary's successor fiduciary an amount equal to the amount of the misused benefit  Latest Action: 04/27/2017 Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee by Voice Vote .
 
H.R.244 —HIRE Vets Act This bill directs the Department of Labor to establish a HIRE Vets Medallion Program to solicit voluntary information from employers for purposes of recognizing through a HIRE Vets Medallion Award verified efforts by these employers to: (1) recruit, employ, and retain veterans; and (2) provide community and charitable services supporting the veteran community.  Latest Action: 05/05/2017 Became Public Law No: 115-31.
 
H.R.299 —Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2017 This bill includes as part of the Republic of Vietnam its territorial seas for purposes of the presumption of service connection for diseases associated with exposure by veterans to certain herbicide agents while in Vietnam  Latest Action: 04/05/2017 Subcommittee Hearings Held.
 

H.R.467 -  VA Scheduling Accountability Act.  Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to ensure that each medical facility of the Department of Veterans Affairs complies with requirements relating to scheduling veterans for health care appointments, to improve the uniform application of directives of the Department, and for other purposes. Latest Action: 05/25/2017 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
 
H.R.1390 —To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to pay costs relating to the transportation of certain deceased veterans to veterans' cemeteries owned by a State or tribal organization. Latest Action: 04/27/2017 Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee (Amended) by Voice Vote . (
 
H.R.1681 —To improve the reproductive assistance provided by the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs to severely wounded, ill, or injured members of the Armed Forces, veterans, and their spouses or partners, and for other purposes. Latest Action: 04/05/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.
 
H.R.1725 —To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the treatment of medical evidence provided by non-Department of Veterans Affairs medical professionals in support of claims for disability compensation under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes. Latest Action: 05/24/2017 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
 
H.R.1998 —To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to notify the Committees on Veterans' Affairs of the Senate and the House of Representatives and certain Members of Congress before the expiration or termination of a HUD-VASH contract, and for other purposes Latest Action: 04/07/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
 
H.R.2068 Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Education Relief and Restoration Act of 2017.  Latest Action: 04/06/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity.
 
H.R.2251 To amend the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Programs Enhancement Act of 2001 and title 38, United States Code, to require the provision of chiropractic care and services to veterans at all Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers and to expand access to such care and services.  Latest Action: 04/28/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
 
H.R.2311 To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program to provide veterans the option of using an alternative appeals process to more quickly determine claims for disability compensation. Latest Action: 05/03/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.
 
H.R.2322 To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to educate certain staff of the Department of Veterans Affairs and to inform veterans about the Injured and Amputee Veterans Bill of Rights, and for other purposes. Latest Action: 05/03/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
 
H.R.2327 direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to make grants to eligible organizations to provide service dogs to veterans with severe post-traumatic stress disorder, and for other purposes. Latest Action: 05/03/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
 
H.R.2785 —To amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to pay the reasonable costs of urgent care provided to certain veterans, to establish cost-sharing amounts for veterans receiving care at an emergency room of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes. Latest Action: 06/06/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
 
H.R.2827 —To amend title 38, United States Code, to extend and expand the membership of the Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans to include veterans who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Latest Action: 06/08/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
 
H.R.2835 —To amend the Small Business Act to waive the guarantee fee for loans of not more than $150,000 provided to veterans and spouses of veterans under the Export Working Capital, International Trade, and Export Express programs. Latest Action: 06/08/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Small Business.
 
S.12 —Increasing the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability to Veterans Act of 2017 Latest Action: 05/26/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
 
S.23 —Biological Implant Tracking and Veteran Safety Act of 2017 Latest Action: 05/17/2017 Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.
 
S.112 —Creating a Reliable Environment for Veterans' Dependents Act. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize per diem payments under comprehensive service programs for homeless veterans to furnish care to dependents of homeless veterans, and for other purposes. Latest Action: 05/17/2017 Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.
 
S.114 —Department of Veterans Affairs Bonus Transparency Act. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit an annual report regarding performance awards and bonuses awarded to certain high-level employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Latest Action: 05/26/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
 
S.544 —A bill to amend Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 to modify the termination date for the Veterans Choice Program, and for other purposes. Latest Action: 04/19/2017 Became Public Law No: 115-26.
 
S.681 —A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the benefits and services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs to women veterans, and for other purposes. Latest Action: 05/17/2017 Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.
 
S.899 A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to ensure that the requirements that new Federal employees who are veterans with service-connected disabilities are provided leave for purposes of undergoing medical treatment for such disabilities apply to certain employees of the Veterans Health Administration, and for other purposes. Latest Action: 05/17/2017 Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.
 
S.903 A bill to amend the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010 to extend and expand the pilot program on the use of community-based organizations and local and State government entities to ensure that veterans receive care and benefits for which they are eligible and for other purposes. Latest Action: 04/07/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
 
S.992 A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct an independent review of the deaths of certain veterans by suicide, and for other purposes. Latest Action: 05/01/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
 
S.1014 A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to make grants to eligible organizations to provide service dogs to veterans with severe post-traumatic stress disorder, and for other purposes. Latest Action: 05/03/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
 
S.1319 —A bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a continuing medical education program for non-Department of Veterans Affairs medical professionals who treat veterans to increase knowledge and recognition of medical conditions common to veterans, and for other purposes. Latest Action: 06/08/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
 
 
 
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 AL Legislative Center:  http://capwiz.com/legion/issues/bills/?bill=66103631
 
NEW JERSEY
 

2016-2017 Bills
 
Bills: A450/S750, A4362/S307, A4403/S2857 and A4402/S2856 have become Public Law. 
A306, A1856, A1873, A2212, A4399, A4301, A446, AJR91 passed the Assembly and are now in the Senate.
 

Active Bills Since Last Report
 
A151 Adds Sons of The American Legion to list of organizations whose representatives receive paid leaves of absence to attend State and national conventions. Status: 5/19/2016 Reported and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
 
A221/S1583 Provides civil service preference to military service members who did not serve in theater of operation but received campaign or expedition medal. Status: A221; 6/6/2016 Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading. S1583; 2/16/2016 Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee
 
A305/S2653--The New Jersey Battlefield to Boardroom Act; Provides corporation business tax credits and gross income tax credits for qualified wages of certain veterans. Status: 1/27/2016 Introduced, Referred to Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee; 6/5/2017 Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading
 
A306/S2017 "New Jersey Housing Assistance for Veterans Act," establishes pilot program to assist certain veterans with housing modification and rehabilitation; appropriates $5 million. Ststus: 6/8/2017 Passed by the Assembly; 6/12/2017 Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee; S2017; 4/18/2016 Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee.
 
A323/S438 Requires annual General Fund appropriation to DMVA for Council on Armed Forces and Veterans' Affairs for purposes of base realignment and closure. Status 6/20/2016 Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading; S438, 1/12/2016 Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee.
 
A375/S128  Requires institutions of higher education to provide greater assistance to certain students with military obligations
Status: A375, 1/27/2016 Introduced, Referred to Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee; 6/6/2016 Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading; S128, 2/8/2016 Reported from Senate Committee with Amendments, 2nd Reading
 
A450/S750 Wounded Warrior Caregivers Relief Act; Provides income tax credit to family caregivers of certain armed service members with physical disabilities. Status: 5/11/2017 Became P.L.2017, c.67.
 
A1856 Makes certain veterans eligible for certificates of registration under Security Officer Registration Act.
Status: 5/22/2017 Passed by the Assembly, 5/25/2017 Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee
 
A1873 Allows person on police officer or firefighter eligible list who is unable to complete requirements for employment due to certain military service to have name placed on subsequent eligible list.
Status: 1/27/2016  Introduced in Assembly ; 5/22/2017  Passed Assembly ; 5/25/2017  Received In Senate Referred To Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee.
 
A2212 Grants credit against business taxes to developer of rental housing reserved for occupancy by veterans. Ststus: 6/8/2017 Passed by the Assembly, 6/12/2017 Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee.
 
A2758 Permits primary care physicians to waive health insurance copayments for members of military serving on active duty. Status: 6/12/2017 Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading.
 
A3753/S434 - Exempts storage facility space furnished to active duty military personnel from sales and use tax. Status: 5/19/2016 Introduced, Referred to Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee; S434; 6/15/2017 Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading and Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
 
A4362/S307 Creates Veterans Diversion Program to divert eligible service members away from criminal justice system and into appropriate case management and mental health services. Status: 5/1/2017 Became P.L.2017, c.42
 
A4399/ S2858 Establishes Gold Star Family Counseling Program in DMVA; creates tax credit for certain health care professionals.  Status:2/15/2017 Passed by the Assembly; 2/27/2017 Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee; 6/1/2017 Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading; . S2858; 1/23/2017 Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee; 6/1/2017 Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
 
A4401/S2854 Authorizes certain DMV benefits for certain family members of military personnel who died while on active duty.  Status: 2/15/2017 Passed by the Assembly; 6/1/2017 Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading; S2854; 1/23/2017 Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. 6/1/2017 Reported from Senate Committee with Amendments, 2nd Reading.
 
A4402/S2856 Requires DMVA to notify county veterans' affairs office of death of certain military service members; requires office to have Gold Star liaison. Status: 2/15/2017 A4402  Substituted by S2856 (1R) & ; 5/1/2017 Approved P.L.2017, c.57.
 
A4403/S2857 Requires Adjutant General to create informational webpage for Gold Star families. Status: 2/15/2017A4403 Substituted by S2857 : 5/1/2017 Approved P.L.2017, c.58.
 
A4464/S2787 Permits conduct of punch-board games under raffle license. Status: A4464; 3/16/2017 Passed by the Assembly; 5/1/2017 Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee.  S2787; 11/14/2016 Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee
 
AJR91/SJR71 Designates June 27 of each year as "Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day. Status: 6/16/2016 Passed by the Assembly; 8/1/16 Passed by Senate & Substituted by AJR91; 9/8/2016 Received in the Assembly, 2nd Reading on Concurrence; 5/22/2017 Passed Assembly (Passed Both Houses
6/9/2017 Approved P.L.2017, JR-7
 
 
 
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