Legislative Updates

5 February 2018 – Last week I sent out a notice that S129, legislation that excludes Armed Services combat zone pay from gross income taxation was scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Budget and Appropriations committee on February 5, 2018. That bill has since been pulled from that committee and referred to the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs committee. No date for a hearing is posted at this time.

Where this bill was previously posted for a hearing in the Senate Budget and Appropriations committee as noted in:

Vol. XLII No. 5 Internet Update III
Prepared: January 26, 2018

Vol. XLII No. 6 Internet Update IV
Prepared: January 30, 2018

S129 has been pulled from the agenda and is not listed for a hearing in:

Vol. XLII No. 7 Internet Update II
Prepared: February 2, 2018

Call to Action!

There will be a Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Meeting at 1:00 PM in Committee Room 1, 1st Floor, State House Annex, Trenton, NJ January 25th, 2018 on legislation that would require the Adjutant General consider waiving the state of residency requirement for admission to veterans’ facilities.

Currently with the three homes operating at capacity with a waiting list for each home, it does not appear to be prudent to expand or otherwise allow residents from outside of New Jersey to utilize NJ facilities which are partially funded by NJ taxpayers.

S189 Requires Adjutant General to consider need for inpatient hospice care for admission to veterans' facilities; permits waiver of State residency requirement. This legislation was initially introduced 4/4/2013, referred to Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee. It was not considered for a hearing in any of the previous sessions (2012-2013, 2014-2015, 2016-2017).

This bill requires the Adjutant General to consider the need for inpatient hospice care of a veteran or disabled veteran when providing standards and procedures for application and determination of eligibility for admission to a veterans’ facility. The bill also permits the Adjutant General to waive any State residency requirement that would prevent such a veteran or disabled veteran from admission to a veterans’ facility in the State.

If you are of the opinion that this is not a good idea, which could have a negative impact on our New Jersey veterans, please send an email to members of the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.

Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee

Chairman Patrick Diegnan is new to the committee.
SenDiegnan@njleg.org

Vice Chairman Jeff Van Drew continues to serve on the committee.
SenVanDrew@njleg.org

Christopher Connors continues to serve on the committee.
SenConnors@njlefg.org

Joseph Pennacchio is new to the committee.
SenPennacchio@njleg.org

Troy Singleton is new to the committee.
SenSingleton@njleg.org