Veteran Bill List

HB 1611 Veterans Memorial Bridge. The Interstate Route 64 bridge near the town of Clifton Forge is now designated as the “Veterans Memorial Bridge.”

Albo voted YES

Passed in House and Senate

Approved by Governor

HB 1727 Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children. Creates a compact to make sure military children’s education does not suffer as a result of frequent moves.  The bills sets forth to make sure children do not encounter barriers due to grading, attendance requirements, or course content.  So far, at least 10 other states have enacted this compact.

Albo voted YES

Passed in House and Senate

Approved by Governor

HB 1732 Department of Veterans Services; processing of disability claims. An automated system is created for the Department of Veterans Service to electronically prepare veterans’ disability claims.  This will hopefully make the process shorter and faster.

Albo voted YES

Passed in House and Senate

Approved by Governor

HB 1767 Certain honorary diplomas.  The Board of Education will award an honorary high school diploma to veterans of the Vietnam War who, as secondary school students, enlisted or were drafted to serve in any branch of the United States Armed Forces during the war between 1959 and 1975, were subsequently honorably discharged, and were unable to complete their secondary education upon return to civilian life.

Albo voted YES

Passed in House and Senate

Approved by Governor

HB 1875 Virginia War Memorial. (Albo co-patron) The Virginia War Memorial Foundation Board of Trustees will establish criteria for those name and homes of records to be engraved on the War Memorial.  The bill requires the Board to report to the Governor and the General Assembly on or before November 1, 2009.

Albo voted YES

Passed in House and Senate

Approved by Governor

HB 2128 Virginia Retirement System; members disabled or killed while in the military. This bill changes several provisions regarding the benefits of members who are disabled or killed, to comply with the federal Heroes Earnings Assistance and Relief Tax Act (“HEART Act”) for those members disabled or killed in action in the military.

Albo voted YES

Passed in House and Senate

Approved by Governor

HB 2182 Local vehicle license fees and taxes; disabled veterans and their surviving spouses. Allows localities to exempt disabled veterans, non-disabled veterans, and the surviving spouses of veterans from local vehicle license fees and taxes.

Albo voted YES

Passed in House and Senate

Approved by Governor

HB 2199 Veterans Services Foundation; Board of Trustees. Provides that a member of the Board of Trustees of the Veterans Services Foundation may be removed by whoever appointed that member. Currently any member may be removed by the Governor regardless of the appointing authority.

Albo voted YES

Passed in House and Senate

Approved by Governor

HB 2279 Department of Veterans Services; Commissioner; benefit claims assistance. The Commissioner of the Department of Veterans Services must make sure that benefit claims assistance is provided on a regular basis at locations other than established service offices.  The Commissioner will ensure that the personnel assigned to process benefit claims will provide these services at least one day per week.

Albo voted YES

Passed in House and Senate

Approved by the Governor

HB 2401 Bridge designations. The U.S. Route 29 bridge over the Rapidan River between Greene and Madison Counties is the “Fallen Heroes Memorial Bridge in honor of Corporal Adam J. Fargo and Private First Class Edwin A. Andino” and the U.S. Route 340 bridge over Overall Run at the Warren County/Page County line is the “Corporal Larry E. Smedley (USMC) Memorial Bridge.”

Albo voted YES

Passed in House and Senate

Approved by Governor

HB 2534 Special license plates. Special license plates can be issued for veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom, members of the Virginia State Defense Force, and “tobacco heritage” plates for trucks.

Albo voted YES

Passed in House and Senate

Approved by Governor

HB 2560 Homestead exemption; veterans. Increases the additional homestead exemption for veterans from $2,000 to $10,000.

Albo voted YES

Passed in House and Senate

Approved by Governor

HB 2639 Freedom of Information Act; certain records of the Department of Veterans Services and the Veterans Services Foundation. Exempts the following from the Freedom of Information Act (i) personal information contained in the Veterans Care Center Resident Trust Funds concerning residents or patients of the Department of Veterans Services care centers and (ii) records maintained in connection with fundraising activities by the Veterans Services Foundation to the extent that such records reveal the address, electronic mail address, facsimile or telephone number, social security number or other identification number appearing on driver’s license, or credit card or bank account data of identifiable donors, except that access shall not be denied to the person who is the subject of the record.  This bill doesn’t authorize the withholding of records relating to the amount, date, purpose, and terms of the pledge or donation, or the identity of the donor.  The exclusion provided by the bill does not apply to protect from disclosure (i) the identities of sponsors providing grants to or contracting with the foundation for the performance of services or other work or (ii) the terms and conditions of such grants or contracts.

Albo voted YES

Passed in House and Senate

Approved by Governor

HJ 648 Constitutional amendment (first resolution); property tax exemption for certain veterans. Principle residence of a veteran (or widow or widower of a veteran) is exempt from real property tax if the veteran has been determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or its successor agency pursuant to federal law to have a 100 percent service-connected, permanent, and total disability.

Albo voted YES

Passed in House and Senate

ROTC Programs: HR 39 (Albo Co-Patron). This House Resolution encourages colleges and universities in the Commonwealth to fully support the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) programs and provide the maximum recognition of ROTC courses for credits toward graduation.

Albo voted YES

Passed in House

(Resolutions only have to pass the House to be enacted)

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