Several Bills Impacting Veterans Head to Governor’s Desk, Says Barrar
HARRISBURG – Rep. Stephen E. Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), majority chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, announced today that several bills relating to veterans issues are heading to the desk of Gov. Tom Corbett for his signature.
“We have worked diligently in the Legislature to get these bills across the finish line because we recognize the struggles and needs of Pennsylvania’s veterans,” said Barrar. “I have always been an advocate for veterans, and I have enjoyed shepherding these proposals through the legislative process this session.”
On Tuesday, the Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 623, which would establish a statewide annual goal of at least 3 percent participation in state contracts with veteran-owned and service-disabled-veteran-owned small businesses. The bill defines a veteran-owned small business as an entity that is controlled by a majority of persons who are veterans, having 100 or fewer employees.
Also on Tuesday, the House unanimously consented to Senate Bill 1531, which would authorize grants to the Pennsylvania Veterans Foundation and other charitable organization for veterans and their families. Proceeds for the grants would come from the sale of special “Honor Our Veterans” license plates and from a voluntary $3 check off on driver’s license and vehicle registration forms.
On Oct. 1, the House unanimously approved House Bill 2428. Barrar was a leading co-sponsor of the legislation to establish a veteran’s designation on driver’s licenses and other PennDOT-issued ID cards for individuals who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces or National Guard, if he or she did not receive a dishonorable discharge.
“The General Assembly has prioritized several veterans issues this session, and I am very pleased with the work we have done to honor the heroes of this Commonwealth,” said Barrar. “I will continue next session to fight for those measures that were not signed into law, and I am looking forward to remaining a steadfast advocate for Pennsylvania’s veterans.”
Barrar noted that this session also produced Act 76 of 2011, which requires one of the three members of the State Civil Service Commission (SCSC) to be a veteran. This legislation was the result of a state audit of the SCSC that revealed lax enforcement of Pennsylvania’s veterans preference laws.
More information about Barrar and his legislative priorities is available at www.SteveBarrar.com
State Representative Steve Barrar
160th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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