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Joint Leadership Council

2018 VIRGINIA JOINT LEADERSHIP COUNCIL (JLC) LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVES FOR GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Adopted December 20, 2017 and annotated by COL Stuart Williams, USA (Ret.)

Initiative JLC 2018-01

Residency Requirement, Constitutional Amendment, 2nd Resolution

JLC Sponsor: Marine Corps League That the 2018 General Assembly pass resolutions identical to the one passed by the 2017 General Assembly (HJ562), thereby continuing the process to amend Virginia’s Constitution to provide parity for surviving spouses of 100% disabled veterans and those Killed in Action. HB 71/HJ6 (Miyares) HB 71 on 12/4 Referred to House committee Privileges and Elections HJ6 on 12/4 House Committee Referral Pending

JLC 2018-02

Electronic Return of Voted Ballots by Overseas Military

JLC Sponsor: MOAA That the Governor and General Assembly enact legislation and provide budget support of a pilot program for the electronic return of absentee ballots by Virginia’s deployed military service members to enfranchise their voting privileges. HB 1139 (Lande.s) 01/10/18 House: Committee Referral Pending SB559 (DeSteph) 01/09/18 Senate: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections

JLC 2018-03

Veteran Entrepreneur Capital Resources Program (VECRP)

JLC Sponsor: MOAA That the Governor and General Assembly enact legislation and provide budget support, in the amount of $1,000,000 in FY19 and $1,000,000 in FY20, to establish a Veteran Entrepreneur Capital Resources Program. HB 500 (Hodges) 01/08/18 - House: Referred to Committee on General Laws

JLC 2018-04

Income Tax Subtraction for Certain Low-Income 100% Disabled Veterans

JLC Sponsor: American Legion That the Governor and General Assembly approve an individual income tax subtraction for 100% service-connected disabled veterans with a federally adjusted gross income, not exceeding 250% of the federal poverty level for a four-person household, who have not already claimed another exemption. HB 792 (Miyares) 01/09/18 House: Referred to Committee on Finance

JLC 2018-05 Removing Combat Requirement for VMSDEP

JLC Sponsor: Fleet Reserve Assoc. That the Governor and General Assembly remove the requirement that a veteran’s disability rating be combat related. Instead, a permanent service-connected disability rating of at least 90%, plus satisfaction of the other requirements currently in the Code, would qualify a veteran’s spouse or child for VMSDEP benefits. HB 748 (Leftwich) 01/09/18 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations

JLC 2018-06

Increase State Tax Subtraction for National Guard to $5,000

JLC Sponsor: Virginia Army/Air National Guard Enlisted Association That the Governor and General Assembly increase the state income tax subtraction level for members of the Virginia National Guard from $3,000 to $5,000 per year. No HB or SB Identified

HOW TO TAKE ACTION! It is important that you take action ASAP as each House of Delegates and the Senate must pass legislation originating in each house/chamber NLT 13 February. Do so by following these steps:

1. Confirm your delegate/senator by visiting: http://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/

2. Review JLC 2018 Issue Papers as needed at: https://www.dvs.virginia.gov/dvs/joint-leadership-council-veterans-service-organizations-2/ (Scroll to about the middle of the page)

3. Get Email address for your Delegate or Senator:

a. Delegate: http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/house/members/members.php

b. Senator: https://apps.senate.virginia.gov/Senator/emailist.php

4. Send a note before 10 February expressing support for either the HB or SB appropriate to the issue.

All bills are currently working through the various committees. Some may already been killed in committee. We urge you to try.

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