Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee aids veterans’ business start-ups, creates military decorations and codifies Civil Air Patrol

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Today, the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, led by Chairman Randy Vulakovich, reported two measures strengthening the Commonwealth’s support for our veteran’s community and another bill that enhances the status of the Civil Air Patrol.

*House Bill 1600, sponsored by Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh), would exempt veterans and reservists from having to pay a business fee for starting up a small business.

*House Bill 1727, sponsored by Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny), would create the Pennsylvania Medal of Achievement and the Pennsylvania Veterans Service Award.

*House Bill 2026, sponsored by Rep. Barry Jozwiak (R-Berks), would codify the role of the Pennsylvania Wing of the Civil Air Patrol into the state’s Military Code.

“This session, the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee has highlighted the efforts of the Wolf Administration to address veterans homelessness; passed legislation to assist veterans hiring with SB 1013; and now are helping veterans create their own jobs with HB 1600,” said Sen. Vulakovich.

In regard to HB 1727, “I am pleased to support this legislation that will allow the Governor to publicly recognize veterans and civilians that are serving the veterans community,” said Sen. Vulakovich.

In regard to HB 2026, “Recently, the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs has taken steps to work more closely with the Civil Air Patrol.  This legislation will further align the Civil Air Patrol with the Department and ensure that they work together not just now but into the future,” said Vulakovich.

Contact:  Nate Silcox (717) 787-6538