Senate Passes Bartolotta’s Bill Promoting Veteran-Owned Businesses

HARRISBURG – To recognize veterans’ entrepreneurial efforts, the Senate unanimously passed legislation today sponsored by Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-46) that would create a logo promoting Pennsylvania’s veteran-owned businesses.

Senate Bill 438 would authorize the creation of a special logo to promote veteran-owned businesses. To be eligible, a business must be registered with the Department of State and at least 51% of the ownership interest must be held by a veteran, reservist or member of the National Guard.

There will be no registration or renewal fees associated with the logo, so it will come at no cost to veterans.

“I am so pleased that I was able to modify my original bill to eliminate the fees that veterans would have had to pay to use the logo. Now, it will offer them the support they deserve as they take the monumental step of running their own business as they transition from serving our country to reintegrating into civilian life,” Bartolotta said.

In addition to championing veterans, the program also spurs the creation of new jobs and business opportunities.

To discourage the logo from being used fraudulently, the bill would also ensure that an individual who falsely claims to be a veteran for the purpose of obtaining this designation would face criminal penalties.

The bill now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Watch Bartolotta’s remarks about Senate Bill 438 here.


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