HARRISBURG – Two bills sponsored by Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46) to benefit Pennsylvania veterans were approved today by the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.
Senate Bill 239, which Bartolotta sponsored along with Committee Chair Senator Randy Vulakovich (R-38), would amend the state Constitution to expand the Property Tax Exemption Program for disabled veterans. The measure would provide an exemption for veterans who are considered at least 50 percent disabled and demonstrate a financial need.
The program currently only covers veterans who are 100 percent disabled and have a financial need. The senators’ bill would provide a property tax exemption that corresponds to the veteran’s level of disability, so a veteran who is considered 50 percent disabled would be exempt from 50 percent of property taxes.
“The men and women in the military put themselves in harm’s way to protect our freedom and our way of life every day,” Bartolotta said. “Veterans who suffer a lifelong disability and financial difficulties as a result of their service deserve to be included in the property tax exemption program.”
The committee also approved Senate Bill 1041, which would direct the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to create special logos to promote veteran-owned and disabled veteran-owned businesses. Bartolotta said the legislation would serve as a valuable marketing tool to support the entrepreneurial efforts of veterans throughout Pennsylvania.
Both bills were sent to the full Senate for consideration.
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