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LIBERTY BELL CHAPTER 266, VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA

November 16, 2015, GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS LEGISLATIVE REPORT

 

Since our last Chapter Meeting on November 2, 2015, the following bills and items of concern from a legislative perspective have come, or are pending, before the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania General Assembly and the U.S.  Congress for action.  Any items pending as of the last meeting, but that had no action taken on them since the last meeting, are not included in this report, unless they were inadvertently omitted from the previous report. 

 

PA GENERAL ASSEMBLY SCHEDULE:

For the PA Senate Calendar, see:

http://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/SC/SC/0/RC/CAL.htm

For the PA House of Representatives Calendars, see:

http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/CMS/index.cfm?Chamber=H

and

http://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/SC/HC/0/RC/CAL.htm

 

 

PA HOUSE VETERANS AFFAIRS & EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS COMMITTEE HEARINGS:

http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/CteeInfo/index.cfm?Code=42&CteeBody=H

06/01/2015 - The committee received testimony regarding the Firefighter Cancer Presumption Act.

10/26/2015 - The committee received testimony regarding Veteran’s Real Estate Tax Exemption.

PA SENATE VETERANS AFFAIRS & EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS COMMITTEE

http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/CteeInfo/index.cfm?Code=21&CteeBody=S

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 10:00 AM - (to consider Senate Bills No. 1013, 1047 and 1067; and House Bills No. 49 and 602), Room 461, Main Capitol 

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 9:30 AM - (public hearing on the National Guard Youth Challenge Program - Senate Bill No. 56), Carson Long, Military Academy, 200 N. Carlisle St., New Bloomfield, PA 

FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE HEARINGS:

U.S. House Committee on Veterans Affairs

Nov 17, 2015 - Legislative Hearing on: H.R. 1319; H.R. 1603; H.R. 1904; H.R. 2639; H.R. 3234; H.R. 3471; H.R. 3549; Draft legislation, the Promoting Responsible Opioid Management and Incorporating Medical Expertise Act; and, a VA legislative proposal, the VA Purchased Health Care Streamlining and Modernization Act

Nov 18, 2015 - Choice Consolidation: Assessing VA’s Plan to Improve Care in the Community (Rescheduled from 11/3/15)

Nov 18, 2015 - Examining VA’s On-the-Job Training and Apprenticeship Program

U.S. Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Hearings

Nov 17, 2015 - Legislative Hearing on: H.R. 1319; H.R. 1603; H.R. 1904; H.R. 2639; H.R. 3234; H.R. 3471; H.R. 3549; Draft legislation, the Promoting Responsible Opioid Management and Incorporating Medical Expertise Act; and, a VA legislative proposal, the VA Purchased Health Care Streamlining and Modernization Act

Nov 18, 2015 - Choice Consolidation: Assessing VA’s Plan to Improve Care in the Community (Rescheduled from 11/3/15)

Nov 18, 2015 - Examining VA’s On-the-Job Training and Apprenticeship Program

COMMONWEALTH OF PA HOUSE BILLS 2015-2016 Session:

HB 138 - An Act amending Title 35 (Health and Safety) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, providing for soliciting by first responder organizations.  Last Action: Third consideration and final passage, May 13, 2015 (190-1).  In the Senate - Third consideration and final passage, Oct. 21, 2015 (46-0).  In the House - Referred to RULES, Oct. 26, 2015. Re-reported on concurrence from RULES, as committed, Oct. 26, 2015. House concurred in Senate amendments, Oct. 26, 2015 (198-0).  Signed in House, Oct. 26, 2015. Signed in Senate, Oct. 26, 2015. Presented to the Governor, Oct. 27, 2015. Approved by the Governor, Nov. 4, 2015.  Act No. 57.

HB 222 - An Act amending the act of June 13, 1967 (P.L.31, No.21), known as the Public Welfare Code, in public assistance, prohibiting eligibility for individuals convicted of drug distribution.  Last Action: PN 0218 Referred to HEALTH, Jan. 27, 2015. PN 1587 Reported as amended from HEALTH, May 13, 2015. First consideration, May 13, 2015.  Laid on the table, May 13, 2015.  Removed from table, May 13, 2015. Laid on the table, June 25, 2015.  Removed from table, June 25, 2015. Laid on the table, Sept. 29, 2015.  Removed from table, Sept. 29, 2015. Laid on the table, Nov. 12, 2015.  Removed from table, Nov. 12, 2015.

HB 406 - An Act amending the act of June 27, 2006 (1st Sp.Sess., P.L.1873, No.1), known as the Taxpayer Relief Act, in senior citizens property tax and rent rebate assistance, further providing for definitions and for filing of claim. Last Action: Re-reported as committed from APPROPRIATIONS, Nov. 9, 2015.

HB 677 - An Act amending the act of December 7, 1990 (P.L.639, No.165), known as the Hazardous Material Emergency Planning and Response Act, in hazardous material protection, further providing for establishment and functions of local emergency planning committees and for emergency reporting requirements.  Last Action: Removed from table, Nov. 4, 2015.  Laid on the table, Nov. 4, 2015. 

HB 727 - An Act amending Titles 24 (Education), 51 (Military Affairs) and 71 (State Government) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in Title 24, in preliminary provisions, further providing for definitions and construction and providing for references; in retirement membership, contributions and benefits, further providing for mandatory and optional membership, for credited school service, for waiver of adjustments and for classes of service, for elections, for eligibility points, for eligibility for annuities, for eligibility for refunds, for pickup contributions, for member contributions, for contributions for purchase of credit, for annual compensation limit, for contributions by Commonwealth, for payments by employers, for actuarial cost method, for appropriations by Commonwealth, for return of accumulated deductions, for single life annuity, for disability annuities, for termination of annuities and payment of benefits; providing for school employees' defined contribution plan; in administrative and miscellaneous provisions, further providing for the Public School Employees' Retirement Board, for administrative duties of board, for health insurance, for advisory and reporting duties, for application and election duties, for duties of employers, for rights and duties of school employees and members, for management of fund and accounts, for Public School Employees' Retirement Fund, for State accumulation account, for annuity reserve account, for State guarantee, for taxation, for attachment and assignment of funds, for approval of domestic relations orders, for irrevocable survivor annuitant and for amendment of approved domestic relations orders; providing for irrevocable successor payee; further providing for fraud and adjustment of errors and for payments to school entities by Commonwealth; providing for payments to school entities by Commonwealth commencing with the 2015-2016 school year; in health insurance for retired school employees, further providing for definitions; in Title 51, in employment preferences and pensions, further providing for military leaves of absence; in Title 71, in retirement for State employees and officers, further providing for definitions, for preliminary provisions and for membership, credited service, classes of service, and eligibility benefits, providing for State Employees' Defined Contribution Plan, further providing for contributions, for benefits and for administration, funds and accounts; and making editorial changes.  Last Action: Laid on the table, Nov. 12, 2015.  Removed from table, Nov. 12, 2015.

HB 784 - An Act amending the act of March 4, 1971 (P.L.6, No.2), known as the Tax Reform Code of 1971, providing for the Vets First tax credit to honor veterans for their service to our country and provide incentives for their employment.  Last Action: Removed from table, Nov. 4, 2015. Laid on the table, Nov. 4, 2015. 

HB 792 - An Act amending the act of December 3, 1959 (P.L.1688, No.621), known as the Housing Finance Agency Law, further providing for the Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund.  Last Action:

Third consideration and final passage, June 2, 2015 (195-0).  In the Senate - Third consideration and final passage, Oct. 20, 2015 (47-1).  (Remarks see Senate Journal Page ), Oct. 20, 2015.  Signed in House, Oct. 21, 2015.  Signed in Senate, Oct. 26, 2015.  Presented to the Governor, Oct. 26, 2015. Approved by the Governor, Nov. 4, 2015. Act No. 58.

HB 1233 - An Act providing for summaries or copies of patient test results to be sent directly to a patient or the patient's designee when there is a finding of a significant abnormality; and providing for duties of the Department of Health.  Last Action: Re-reported as committed from APPROPRIATIONS, Nov. 9, 2015.  Third consideration and final passage, Nov. 9, 2015 (196-1).  (Remarks see House Journal Page ), Nov. 9, 2015. In the Senate - Referred to PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE, Nov. 13, 2015.

HB 1275 - An Act amending the act of May 1, 1933 (P.L.216, No.76), known as The Dental Law, further providing for definitions, for public health dental hygiene practitioner and for restricted faculty license. Last Action: Third consideration and final passage, June 29, 2015 (193-0).  In the Senate - Third consideration and final passage, Oct. 21, 2015 (46-0).  In the House - Referred to RULES, Oct. 26, 2015. Re-reported on concurrence from RULES, as committed, Oct. 26, 2015. House concurred in Senate amendments, Oct. 26, 2015 (198-0).  Signed in House, Oct. 26, 2015. Signed in Senate, Oct. 26, 2015. Presented to the Governor, Oct. 27, 2015. Approved by the Governor, Nov. 4, 2015. Act No. 60.

HB 1460 - An Act to provide from the General Fund for the expenses of the Executive and Judicial Departments, the State Government Support Agencies and the General Assembly of the Commonwealth, the public debt and the public schools for the fiscal year July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016, for certain institutions and organizations, and for the payment of bills incurred and remaining unpaid at the close of the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015; to provide appropriations from the State Lottery Fund, the Tobacco Settlement Fund, the Aviation Restricted Account, the Hazardous Material Response Fund, The State Stores Fund, the Milk Marketing Fund, the Home Investment Trust Fund, the Emergency Medical Services Operating Fund, the Tuition Account Guaranteed Savings Program Fund, the Banking Fund, the Firearm Records Check Fund, the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority Fund, the Oil and Gas Lease Fund, the Home Improvement Account, the Cigarette Fire Safety and Firefighter Protection Act Enforcement Fund, the Insurance Regulation and Oversight Fund, the Pennsylvania Racehorse Development Restricted Receipt Account, the Justice Reinvestment Fund and the Multimodal Transportation Fund to the Executive Department; to provide appropriations from the Judicial Computer System Augmentation Account to the Judicial Department for the fiscal year July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016; to provide appropriations from the Motor License Fund for the fiscal year July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016, for the proper operation of several departments of the Commonwealth and the Pennsylvania State Police authorized to spend Motor License Fund money; to provide for the appropriation of Federal funds to the Executive Department of the Commonwealth and for the payment of bills remaining unpaid at the close of the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015; and to provide for the additional appropriation of Federal and State funds from the General Fund and the State Lottery Fund for the Executive Department of the Commonwealth for the fiscal year July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015, and for the payment of bills incurred and remaining unpaid at the close of the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015. Last Action: Removed from table, Nov. 4, 2015. Laid on the table, Nov. 4, 2015.  Removed from table, Nov. 9, 2015. Second consideration, Nov. 10, 2015. Re-committed to APPROPRIATIONS, Nov. 10, 2015.  (Remarks see House Journal Page ), Nov. 10, 2015  [This appears to replace the bill vetoed by Governor Wolf]

HB 1676 - A Joint Resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, providing for recall of elected public officers. Last Action: PN 2488 Referred to STATE GOVERNMENT, Nov. 5, 2015.

HB 1677 - An Act amending Title 65 (Public Officers) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, providing for recall election of State and local officers, for recall petition process, for review of recall petitions, for recall election and for prohibited practices. Last Action: PN 2489 Referred to STATE GOVERNMENT, Nov. 5, 2015.

HB 1678 - An Act establishing the Veteran's Entrepreneurial Training and Support Program; imposing powers and duties on the Department of Community and Economic Development; and making an appropriation. Last Action: PN 2490 Referred to VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, Nov. 5, 2015.

HB 1683 - An Act amending Title 35 (Health and Safety) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, providing for incentives for volunteers of fire companies and emergency medical services agencies.  Last Action: PN 2495 Referred to VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, Nov. 5, 2015.  PN 2507 Reported as amended from VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, Nov. 10, 2015.  First consideration, Nov. 10, 2015.  Laid on the table, Nov. 10, 2015. 

HB 1688 - An Act providing for a Statewide comprehensive health care system; establishing the Pennsylvania Health Care Plan and providing for eligibility, services, coverages, subrogation, participating and nonparticipating providers, cost containment, quality assurance and for transitional support and training; establishing the Pennsylvania Health Care Board, the Pennsylvania Health Care Agency, the Office of Health Care Ombudsman and the Pennsylvania Health Care Trust Fund; and imposing a payroll tax and an additional personal income tax.  Last Action: PN 2506 Referred to HEALTH, Nov. 9, 2015.

HB 1689 - An Act amending Title 51 (Military Affairs) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, providing for the National Guard Youth Challenge Program.  Last Action: PN 2515 Referred to VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, Nov. 12, 2015.

COMMONWEALTH OF PA HOUSE RESOLUTIONS 2015-2016 Session:

HR 22 - A Resolution recognizing November 14, 2015, as "World Diabetes Day" in Pennsylvania. Latest Action(s): Adopted, Nov. 9, 2015 (196-0).

HR 502 - A Resolution adopting a temporary rule of the House of Representatives relating solely to amendments to the General Appropriation Bill for the fiscal year 2015-2016, Senate Bill 1000 (2015). Latest Major Action: Laid on the table, Nov. 4, 2015.  Removed from table, Nov. 4, 2015.

HR 527 - A Resolution urging the Pennsylvania delegation to the 114th Congress of the United States to support the passage of the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015. Latest Major Action: Reported as committed from VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, Nov. 10, 2015.

HR 561 - A Resolution recognizing November 10, 2015, as "Marine Corps Day" in Pennsylvania in honor of the United States Marine Corps' 240th anniversary. Latest Major Action: Adopted, Nov. 10, 2015 (195-0).  (Remarks see House Journal Page ), Nov. 10, 2015.

HR 562 - A Resolution recognizing the week of November 14 through 22, 2015, as "Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week" in Pennsylvania.  Latest Major Action: Adopted, Nov. 10, 2015 (195-0).

HR 573 - A Resolution honoring all Pennsylvania veterans who served during war and peace on the occasion of Veterans Day, November 11, 2015. Latest Major Action: PN 2485 INTRODUCED AS NONCONTROVERSIAL RESOLUTION UNDER RULE 35, Nov. 5, 2015.  Adopted, Nov. 10, 2015 (195-0).  (Remarks see House Journal Page ), Nov. 10, 2015.

HR 574 - A Resolution commending Korean-American veterans of the Vietnam Conflict for their service to the United States.  Latest Major Action: PN 2486 INTRODUCED AS NONCONTROVERSIAL RESOLUTION UNDER RULE 35, Nov. 5, 2015.  Adopted, Nov. 10, 2015 (195-0).

HR 575 - A Resolution designating the week of November 9 through 15, 2015, as "United States Colored Troops Grand Review Week" in Pennsylvania.  Latest Major Action: PN 2487 INTRODUCED AS NONCONTROVERSIAL RESOLUTION UNDER RULE 35, Nov. 5, 2015. Adopted, Nov. 10, 2015 (195-0).  (Remarks see House Journal Page ), Nov. 10, 2015.

HR 576 - A Resolution honoring the Yardley-Makefield Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6393 and Post Past-Commander Russell Davidson for achieving the highest honor awarded by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the All-American Post, and the All-American Post Commander Award. Latest Major Action: PN 2498 INTRODUCED AS NONCONTROVERSIAL RESOLUTION UNDER RULE 35, Nov. 9, 2015. Adopted, Nov. 10, 2015 (195-0). (Remarks see House Journal Page ), Nov. 10, 2015.

HR 577 - A Resolution recognizing the 150th anniversary of the closing of Camp Curtin and recognizing the 25th anniversary of the formation of the Camp Curtin Historical Society.  Latest Major Action: PN 2497 INTRODUCED AS NONCONTROVERSIAL RESOLUTION UNDER RULE 35, Nov. 9, 2015.  Adopted, Nov. 9, 2015 (196-0).  (Remarks see House Journal Page ), Nov. 9, 2015.

HR 578 - A Resolution recognizing the month of November 2015 as "Carbon Monoxide Awareness Month" in Pennsylvania.  Latest Major Action: PN 2499 INTRODUCED AS NONCONTROVERSIAL RESOLUTION UNDER RULE 35, Nov. 9, 2015. Adopted, Nov. 10, 2015 (195-0).

HR 579 - A Resolution designating November 2015 as "American Music Month" in Pennsylvania.  Latest Major Action: PN 2500 INTRODUCED AS NONCONTROVERSIAL RESOLUTION UNDER RULE 35, Nov. 9, 2015. Adopted, Nov. 10, 2015 (195-0).

HR 581 - A Resolution urging the President of the United States and Congress to pass the Permanent Department of Veterans Affairs Choice Card Act of 2015. Latest Major Action: PN 2502 Referred to VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, Nov. 9, 2015.

HR 582 - A Resolution designating the month of November 2015 as "Assistive Technology Awareness Month" in Pennsylvania.  Latest Major Action: PN 2503 INTRODUCED AS NONCONTROVERSIAL RESOLUTION UNDER RULE 35, Nov. 9, 2015. Adopted, Nov. 10, 2015 (195-0).

HR 583 - A Resolution recognizing the month of November 2015 as "National Diabetes Month" in Pennsylvania.  Latest Major Action: PN 2510 INTRODUCED AS NONCONTROVERSIAL RESOLUTION UNDER RULE 35, Nov. 12, 2015.

HR 584 - Resolution designating the month of November 2015 as "COPD Awareness Month" in Pennsylvania.  Latest Major Action: PN 2511 INTRODUCED AS NONCONTROVERSIAL RESOLUTION UNDER RULE 35, Nov. 12, 2015.

COMMONWEALTH OF PA SENATE BILLS 2015-2016 Session:

SB 490 - An Act amending Title 35 (Health and Safety) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, further providing for organization of agency.  Last Action: Third consideration and final passage, June 2, 2015 (32-17). (Remarks see Senate Journal Page ....), June 2, 2015. In the House - Reported as committed from VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, Nov. 10, 2015.  First consideration, Nov. 10, 2015. Laid on the table, Nov. 10, 2015. 

SB 609 - An Act establishing a task force on prostate cancer and related chronic prostate conditions; and providing for powers and duties of the task force, the Department of Health, the Insurance Department, the Department of Aging and the Department of Human Services, and for prevention and education strategies.  Related bills: HB 804 and SB 605. Last Action: Third consideration and final passage, June 25, 2015 (49-0).  In the House - PN 1386 Second consideration, with amendments, Nov. 9, 2015.  Re-referred to APPROPRIATIONS, Nov. 9, 2015. (Remarks see House Journal Page ....), Nov. 9, 2015. Re-reported as committed from APPROPRIATIONS, Nov. 10, 2015. Third consideration and final passage, Nov. 10, 2015 (193-0).

SB 1052 - An Act amending Title 25 (Elections) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in uniform military and overseas voters, further providing for definitions, for duties and responsibilities of secretary and for registering to vote.  Last Action: PN 1389 Referred to STATE GOVERNMENT, Nov. 10, 2015.

SB 1053 - An Act amending the act of December 20, 1985 (P.L.457, No.112), known as the Medical Practice Act of 1985, further providing for definitions, for State Board of Medicine; and providing for recreational therapists.  Last Action: PN 1390 Referred to CONSUMER PROTECTION AND PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE, Nov. 10, 2015

SB 1057 - An Act providing for living wage certification for nursing facilities and for employer responsibility penalties for nursing facilities; establishing the Employer Responsibility for Public Assistance Fund; and imposing penalties.  Last Action: PN 1397 Referred to PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE, Nov. 13, 2015.

SB 1067 - An Act amending Title 51 (Military Affairs) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in veterans' pensions and benefits, further providing for amputee and paralyzed veteran's pension.  Last Action: PN 1404 Referred to VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, Nov. 13, 2015.

COMMONWEALTH OF PA SENATE RESOLUTIONS 2015-2016 Session:

SR 238 - A Resolution directing the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a study regarding the use of unmanned drones by State and local agencies, including law enforcement agencies. Last Action: PN 1395 Referred to STATE GOVERNMENT, Nov. 13, 2015.

FEDERAL HOUSE RESOLUTIONS/AMENDMENTS 114th Congress:

None.

FEDERAL HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES LEGISLATION 114th Congress:

H.R.313 :  Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015.   A bill to amend title 5, United States Code, to provide leave to any new Federal employee who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rated at 30 percent or more for purposes of undergoing medical treatment for such disability, and for other purposes.  Related Bills:  S.242. Latest Major Action: 9/28/2015 Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote. 10/26/2015 Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs discharged by Unanimous Consent. 10/26/2015 Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent. 10/28/2015 Presented to President. 11/5/2015 Signed by President. 11/5/2015 Became Public Law No: 114-075 [Text, PDF].

H.R.3870 :  Atomic Veterans Healthcare Parity Act.  A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the treatment of veterans who participated in the cleanup of Enewetak Atoll as radiation exposed veterans for purposes of the presumption of service-connection of certain disabilities by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.  Latest Major Action: 11/6/2015 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

H.R.3879 :  Enhanced Veteran Healthcare Act of 2015.  A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for covered agreements and contracts between the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and eligible academic affiliates for the mutually beneficial coordination, use, or exchange of health-care resources, and for other purposes. Latest Major Action: 11/6/2015 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

H.R.3883 :  Veteran's Choice Accountability Act.  A bill to improve the provision of health care by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.  Latest Major Action: 11/6/2015 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

H.R.3884 :  Veterans Collaboration Act.  A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program to promote and encourage collaboration between the Department of Veterans Affairs and nonprofit organizations and institutions of higher learning that provide administrative assistance to veterans.  Latest Major Action: 11/6/2015 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

H.R.3885 :  Veterans Affairs Transfer of Information and sharing of Disability Examination Procedures with DOD Doctors Act.  A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to include a single comprehensive disability examination as part of the required Department of Defense physical examination for separating members of the Armed Forces, and for other purposes.  Latest Major Action: 11/6/2015 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.

H.R.3909 :  Veterans Health and Accountability Act.  A bill to amend the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 to expand the Veterans Choice Program, to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the removal or demotion of employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs based on performance or misconduct, and for other purposes.  Related Bills: H.R.1994.  Latest Major Action: 11/3/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

H.R.3936 :  Veteran Engagement Team Event Pilot Program.  A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program under which the Secretary carries out Veteran Engagement Team events where veterans can complete claims for disability compensation and pension under the laws administered by the Secretary, and for other purposes.  Latest Major Action: 11/5/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

H.R.3951 :  VA Office of Health Care Quality.  A bill to establish in the Veterans Health Administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs the Office of Health Care Quality. Latest Major Action: 11/5/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

H.R.3954 :  Camp Lejeune Reserve Component VA Medical Services.  To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for access to hospital care and medical services furnished by the Department of Veterans Affairs for certain members of the reserve components who received training at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and for other purposes.  Latest Major Action: 11/5/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

H.R.3958 :  Veterans Health Care Stamp.  A bill to provide for the issuance of a Veterans Health Care Stamp. Latest Major Action: 11/5/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

H.R.3960 :  Homeless Female Vet Survey.  To provide for a survey regarding homeless female veterans, and for other purposes.  Latest Major Action: 11/5/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

H.R.3963 :  Purple Heart Vet’s Commissary/Exchange Privilege.   To amend title 10, United States Code, to extend military commissary and exchange store privileges to certain veterans who have been awarded the Purple Heart and to their dependents.  Latest Major Action: 11/5/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services.

H.R.3970 :  Abandoned Homes Renovation for Homeless Vets.  A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a pilot grant program to acquire and renovate abandoned homes for homeless veterans.  Latest Major Action: 11/5/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

H.R.3972 :  Suicidal Vet Mental Health Services Enhancement.   A bill to direct the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to more effectively provide mental health resources for members of the Armed Forces and veterans at high risk of suicide, and for other purposes.  Latest Major Action: 11/5/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Armed Services, and in addition to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

H.R.3974 :   VA Physician Assistant Vet Training Educational Assistance.  A bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program to provide educational assistance to certain former members of the Armed Forces for education and training as physician assistants of the Department of Veterans Affairs, to establish pay grades and require competitive pay for physician assistants of the Department, and for other purposes.  Latest Major Action: 11/5/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

H.R.3975 :  First-Time Vet Homebuyers Tax Credit.  A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a credit for veteran first-time homebuyers and for adaptive housing and mobility improvements for disabled veterans, and for other purposes. Latest Major Action: 11/5/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3980 :  Eliminate Veterans Choice Program Sunset Date.  A bill to eliminate the sunset date for the Veterans Choice Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs, to expand eligibility for such program, and for other purposes.  Latest Major Action: 11/5/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

H.R.3989 :   Vet Caregiver Benefits Eligibility.  A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the process for determining the eligibility of caregivers of veterans to certain benefits administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.  Latest Major Action: 11/5/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

FEDERAL SENATE RESOLUTIONS/AMENDMENTS 114th Congress:

None.

FEDERAL SENATE BILLS 114th Congress:

S.242 :  Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015.  A bill to amend title 5, United States Code, to provide leave to any new Federal employee who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rated at 30 percent or more for purposes of undergoing medical treatment for such disability, and for other purposes.  Latest Major Action: 7/23/2015 Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Reported by Senator Johnson without amendment. With written report No. 114-89. 7/28/2015 Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.  7/29/2015 Held at the deskH.R.313 Signed by President 11/05/2015.

S.2229 :  Veterans Scheduling Accountability Act.  A bill to require the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct audits relating to the timely access of veterans to hospital care, medical services, and other health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Latest Major Action: 11/3/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

S.2265 :   Improve Rural Area VA Health Care.  A bill to improve the provision of health care by the Department of Veterans Affairs to veterans in rural and highly rural areas, and for other purposes.  Latest Major Action: 11/10/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

S.2279 :  VA Health Care Worker (Vet) Recruitment.   A bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a program to increase efficiency in the recruitment and hiring by the Department of Veterans Affairs of health care workers that are undergoing separation from the Armed Forces, to create uniform credentialing standards for certain health care professionals of the Department, and for other purposes.  Latest Major Action: 11/10/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

Grassroots lobbying is an effective way to let your Representative and Senators know your opinion, which is key to increasing co-sponsorship on veteran related bills and subsequent passage into law.

NOTE: For an electronic version of this document, please send an email message to the below signed at: lholman@prodigy.net .

For more news of interest to veterans and patriots, see my blog at http://newsfromldh.blogspot.com .

Respectfully submitted,

Larry D. Holman

Larry D. Holman, Government Affairs Chairman


















 
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