Friday, April 22, 2016

House Veterans Committee Disabled Military Retirees Property Tax Hearing April 25 (HB16-1444)

The legislative process begins April 25 at the Colorado Statehouse, when the House Veterans  Committee takes up HB16-1444, the bill to put military disabled retirees into the state's disabled veteran property tax laws.

Committee Chair Sue Ryden, herself a sponsor, will call the committee to order at 1:30PM, and HB16-1444 is first on the schedule.

I will be presenting the basic argument as the first witness, speaking as chair of our own C-123 Veterans Association. The United Veterans Committee of Colorado will also have me represent their 450,000 members in supporting the bill. Even the state's Division of Veterans Affairs is behind this bill!

Although the state's constitution covers both VA 100% disabled veterans and military personnel retired by their service for total disability, only VA-rated veterans were specified in the law, so the new bill aligns the constitution with the law by adding the totally disabled military retirees.

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