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JLC Matrix Update

Status of JLC 2021 Recommendations – as of March 12, 2021

Initiative

Recommendation

How it was addressed

Bill No. or Budget Amendment Item

Success 
(Bill passed or funded in budget)

JLC 2021-01

Income Tax Subtraction for Certain Low-Income Disabled Veterans

That the Governor and General Assembly approve an individual income tax subtraction for 100% service-connected disabled veterans with a federal adjusted gross income, not exceeding 150% of the federal poverty level for a four-person household, who have not already claimed another exemption.

Legislation (Bill)

HB2337 (Wiley)

Passed House 100-0

 

Left in Senate Finance and Appropriations 

No

JLC 2021-02

Promote Hiring of Virginia National Guard and Reserve Members

That the Governor and General Assembly approve $50,000 to create a grant program to incentivize small to medium-sized Virginia employers to hire members of the Virginia National Guard and Armed Forces Reserves.

Legislation (Bill) and Budget Amendment Request

HB 1771 (Freitas) Left in House Appropriations

 

Budget Amendment Request (Reid)

Not included in budget

 

Budget Amendment Request (McDougle)

Not included in budget

 

No

JLC 2021-03

Expand Tax Relief for Surviving Spouses of Military Members

That the Governor and General Assembly amend the Code of Virginia to provide a real estate property tax exemption to both the surviving spouses of service members who were “Killed in Action” and those who“died while serving or from a service connected injury or illness.”

House Joint Resolution

HJ 614 (MundonKing)

Left in House Privileges and Elections

No

JLC 2021-04

Disabled Veteran State Park Passport

That the Governor and General Assembly expand the Virginia Disabled Veteran’s Passport to any Virginia veteran who has been found to have a service-connected compensable or non-compensable disability.

Legislation (Bill)

HB 1766 (Cox)          Left in House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources        

No

JLC 2021-05

Reduced Price Annual Passes to Virginia State Parks for Guard Members

That the Governor and General Assembly grant a 50% reduced price annual passes to Virginia State parks to members of the Virginia National Guard.

Legislation (Bill)

No bill submitted

No

JLC 2021-06

No Cost License Plates for guard Members

That the Governor and General Assembly further reduce the cost of license plates to recognize the service and commitment of our National Guard members, by changing the current 50% reduced price for a maximum of two license plates per household and registrations to 100% reduction for a single (1) license plate and registration.

Legislation (Bill)

HB2261 (Wyatt)

Passed House 99-0

Passed Senate 31-6-1

 

 

Tentative Yes 

 

(Awaiting GOV action)

JLC 2021-07

Partial State Tax Exemption for Military Income

That the Governor and General Assembly support changes to the current Virginia tax laws for a partial exemption of military retirement pay to reduce state tax on military retirement income.

Legislation (Bill)

SB 1151 (Kiggans)

Left in Senate Finance and Appropriations

 

SB1448 (Chase)

Passed by indefinitely in Senate Finance and Appropriation

No

JLC 2021-08

Support for the Department of Veterans Services’ Programs and Services

That the Governor and General Assembly take action to restore the funding for critical DVS programs and services.

Budget (appropriation)

Introduced Budget and budget approved by General Assembly include $727,000 for DVS (funding for programs that address behavioral health, suicide prevention, homelessness, claims processing, and women veterans)

 

Budget Amendment Request (Murphy)

Not included in budget – already in introduced budget

Budget Amendment Request (McDougle)

Not included in budget

Tentative Yes

 

(Awaiting final approval by General Assembly and signature from the Governor)

Letters

At the October 21, 2020 meeting, the JLC voted to address two policy proposals with letters.

 

Revision to the Code of Virginia Ensuring VSO honor Guards, Color Guards, and Rifle Teams are Exempted from Inadvertent Impacts of State Statutes

The 2020 General Assembly amended §18.2-433.2 of the Code of Virginia to make a person guilty of unlawful paramilitary activity punishable as a Class 5 felony, if he:

     “1. Teaches or demonstrates to any other person the use, application, or Making of any firearm…

     2. Assembles with one or more persons for the purpose of training with practicing with, or being instructed in the use of any firearm…

     3. Violates subsection A of § 18.2-282 while assembled with one or more persons for the purpose of and with the intent to intimidate any person or group of persons.”

 

The JLC’s concern is that a VSO honor guard, color guard, or rifle team member may be inadvertently be identified as a member of a paramilitary organization and held liable.  The JLC requests that the Code be amended to provide a specific exemption for these activities.

Legislation (Bill)

SB 1129 (Reeves)   Passed Senate 34-5

 

Left in House Public Safety 

No

Support for Annual State Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI) program briefings for National Guard Members 

The JLC supports efforts to ensure Virginia National Guard members receive an annual briefing on the SSLI program, facilitated and coordinated through the Adjutant General.

Administrative (agency operations)

Letter sent to Secretary Hopkins

In process

 

 

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