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MVMOAA Legislative Update May 2018  
Legislative Update May 2018


CDR John Prevar, USN (Ret.)

Director, Legislative Representative


United States Congress

Mount Vernon Chapter President George Wallace and several other MVC members attended the 34th consecutive Congressional Appreciation Luncheon at the Capitol Hill Club on May 9th. This luncheon honors the Virginia Congressional delegation and is sponsored annually by the MOAA Virginia Council of Chapters (VCOC).

This annual event allows the VCOC an opportunity to thank all the members of our Virginia Congressional Delegation for their leadership and support on veteran, military retiree, and active military force issues.  The leaders and members representing the 18 Chapters throughout the Commonwealth attend along with key staff officers from MOAA National Headquarters.

Senator Tim Kaine and Representatives Barbara Comstock, Don Beyer, Gerry Connolly, Bobby Scott, Dave Bratt, Scott Taylor, Tom Garrett, and Rob Wittman attended this year’s event and addressed the members during the luncheon.  Congressman Wittman, who is chairman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, was recognized as VCOC Legislator of the Year.


In all, attendees totaled 141. 

At the request of the MVC President, I am now sending the Despatch to Representatives Comstock, Beyer, and Connolly, who represent MVC congressional districts, as well as to Senators Warner and Kaine.

Virginia General Assembly

The General Assembly adjourned sine die on March 10th without passing a budget.  The General Assembly convened for a Special Legislative Session on April 11th.  However, the only Virginia Joint Leadership Council (JLC) of Veterans Service Organizations 2018 initiative that will move forward is JLC 2018-01, a constitutional amendment that will appear on the 2018 ballot. 

Below is a summary of how all the JLC initiatives fared.  The MOAA Virginia Council of Chapters was the JLC sponsor for initiatives #2 and #3.

JLC 2018-01

Residency Requirement, Constitutional Amendment, 2nd Resolution: 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.  Passed:  Will appear on the 2018 ballot.

JLC 2018-02

Electronic Return of Voted Ballots by Overseas Military: 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 and HB 1058 were defeated in the House General Government and Capital Outlay Appropriations and SB 559 was defeated in the same subcommittee after passing the Senate.

JLC 2018-03

Veteran Entrepreneur Capital Resources Program (VECRP): 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 would have established a fund to make loans to veterans for small businesses, but this bill was stricken by the patron.

JLC 2018-04

Income Tax Subtraction for Certain Low-Income 100% Disabled Veterans: 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 would have exempted military pensions from the state income tax for disabled veterans; this bill was continued to 2019 in a House Finance subcommittee.

JLC 2018-05

Removing Combat Requirement for VMSDEP: 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 would have expanded our tuition waiver program for the spouses and children of disabled veterans to include those who were disabled due to their service of any kind, even if their injury was not sustained during armed conflict. This bill was defeated in the House Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee.

JLC 2018-06

Increase State Tax Subtraction for National Guard to $5,000: 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 legislation in 2018.

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