2/28/2020 2:00:00 PM
The Minnesota Legislature continued its work for the 2020 session with committee meetings and floor sessions throughout the week. Part of the week was interrupted by precinct caucuses so legislators could attend those meetings in their home districts.
On Thursday, the Senate Veterans and Military Affairs committee held its weekly scheduled meeting. They heard SF 3091, authored by Chair Bruce Anderson. The bill would exempt all buildings owned by Congressionally Chartered Veterans organizations from property taxes. The bill was approved and sent to the tax committee.
In addition to that bill, the committee heard a presentation from MDVA regarding Veterans Health Care side of the agency and information about the Service CORE program, administered by Lutheran Social Services.
HF 998 was also heard on Thursday morning in the House Judiciary Committee. That bill is authored by Rep. Rob Ecklund and would create sentencing guidelines for Veterans in the criminal justice system for service-related charges. The bill is commonly known as the Veterans Restorative Justice Act. The committee approved the bill without opposition and referred it to the Ways and Means committee.
Next week the House Veterans and Military Affairs committee will meet after a one-week hiatus on Tuesday afternoon. They will hear four Veterans related bills including HFs 3176, 3204, 3324 and 3552. More information for those bills can be found in the state bill tracker.
The Senate Veterans and Military Affairs committee will meet next Thursday morning. It will hear a presentation from the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans and three Veterans related bills (SFs 2863, 2983 and 3319).
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