Pennsylvania Enacts Several Pro-Veterans Laws Supported by Scavello and Brown
11/21/2012
MOUNT POCONO — Striving to honor and protect Pennsylvania’s veterans, Gov. Tom Corbett recently signed several pieces of pro-veteran laws strongly supported by Reps. Mario Scavello (R-Monroe) and Rosemary M. Brown (R-Monroe/Pike).

“Standing up for Monroe County and Pennsylvania veterans has been my life’s work,” said Scavello. “This package of laws is part of Pennsylvania’s strong commitment to protecting and honoring our veterans once they return home. Supporting our veterans isn’t a political issue, and it’s something everyone should stand behind.”

“These bipartisan veteran laws respect the honor and dignity of Pennsylvania residents who served in the military,” said Brown. “They address a number of concerns important to veterans, including jobs, education, counseling and easing the absentee ballot process.”

In the presence of Pennsylvania veterans and their families on Nov. 12, the state observance of Veterans Day, the governor ceremonially signed seven pieces of legislation that will benefit both military veterans and the National Guard.

This pro-veterans legislative package will:
  • Finance the Veterans Trust Fund, which will receive $1.7 million after the sale of Scotland School for Veterans Children, and continue to grow, providing help and assistance for veterans.
  • Encourage the Commonwealth to contract with veteran-owned small businesses.
  • Create a “V” designation on Pennsylvania driver licenses, which will allow veterans to qualify for discounts or other benefits.
  • Update the Pennsylvania Code of Military Justice, giving commanders more effective options in dealing with military offenses.
  • Simplify and provide uniformity to the registration and absentee ballot process for uniformed service voters and overseas civilian voters for all elections within the state.
  • Establish special license plates for World War II veterans of the U.S. Merchant Marine and for all veterans of U.S. Military Airborne Units.
  • Enable the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission to provide training for all police officers in the state to recognize and interact with veterans and other individuals suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and traumatic brain injury.

Although the Legislature moved several crucial veterans’ bills during this session, Scavello and Brown agreed that there are still some important bills that will be addressed next term.

“As Pennsylvania rebounds from tough economic times, finding a good job has been a top concern for many unemployed Pennsylvanians. Unfortunately, as bad as our economy has been for civilians, it’s been even tougher for veterans,” said Scavello.

As part of their commitment to put more Pennsylvania residents and veterans back to work, Scavello and Brown support House Bill 2321, which recently passed unanimously in the House with bipartisan support but died in the Senate this session.

House Bill 2321 would ensure that a service member’s military education and training are taken into consideration for the purpose of fulfilling requirements for a civilian job. This legislation aims to make it easy as possible when veterans apply for a license or certification issued by the Commonwealth that require qualifications they have already received from serving in the military.

“I am hopeful that next term, my colleagues and I will continue to build upon the legislative accomplishments we made this session on veterans issues, as well as other important issues our state faces,” said Brown.

For more legislative information, visit Scavello’s website at www.MarioScavello.com or Brown’s website at www.RepBrown.com.

State Representative Mario M. Scavello
176th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

State Representative Rosemary M. Brown
189th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives


Media Contact: Lauren Whetzel
lwhetzel@pahousegop.com
717.260.6451

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