AG shares legislative priorities, update on Va. Guard with JLC

RICHMOND, Va. — Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, updated members of the Joint Leadership Council of Veterans Service Organizations on the Virginia National Guard and discussed the Va. Guard’s legislative initiatives for the 2017 session of the Virginia General Assembly Jan. 12, 2017, in Richmond, Virginia. The JLC provides a vehicle for veterans service organizations like the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars to collaborate with the Department of Veterans Services on meeting the needs of Virginia’s veterans.

“It is important that each year we provide an update to the JLC about the Virginia National Guard and the issues that impact our Soldiers and Airmen,” Williams explained. “Having a better understanding about the Guard and the challenges we face enables them to help tell our story as they work to educate members of the Virginia General Assembly about military and veterans issues.”

For more information about the JLC, visit http://www.dvs.virginia.gov/dvs/joint-leadership-council-veterans-service-organizations/.

The Virginia Department of Military Affairs sponsored the following bills for the 2017 session of the Virginia General Assembly:

HB172 – Eligibility for in-state tuition charges; members of Va National Guard who reside in Commonwealth.

Introduced by Delegate Richard L. Anderson

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:
Eligibility for in-state tuition charges; members of the Virginia National Guard who reside in the Commonwealth. Declares eligible for in-state tuition charges any member of the Virginia National Guard who resides in the Commonwealth, regardless of the domicile of such individual. The bill removes the current requirement that guard members be mobilized or on temporary active orders for 180 days or more in order to be eligible for in-state tuition charges.

Read more:
http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?ses=171&typ=bil&val=HB1724

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HB1769 – Malicious bodily injury to or pointing of laser at members of United States Armed Forces.

Introduce by Delegate L. Mark Dudenhefer

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:
Malicious bodily injury to or pointing of laser at members of United States Armed Forces. The bill adds members of the United States Armed Forces, including members of the Virginia National Guard, to the list of persons the malicious or unlawful wounding of whom, or the pointing of a laser at whom, is subject to an enhanced penalty.

Read more:
http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?ses=171&typ=bil&val=HB1769

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SB939 – Line of Duty Act; death benefit eligibility; Department of Military Affairs employees.

Introduced by Senator L. Louise Lucas

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:
Line of Duty Act; death benefit eligibility; Department of Military Affairs employees. Confers eligibility for death benefits under the Line of Duty Act to all employees of the Department of Military Affairs not currently eligible for such benefits whose death is the direct or proximate result of the performance of official duties of the agency when those duties are related to a major disaster or emergency.

Read more:
http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?ses=171&typ=bil&val=SB939

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SB 1360 – Department of Military Affairs; civil actions.

Introduced by Senator Bryce E. Reeves

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:
Department of Military Affairs; civil actions. Authorizes certain employees of the Department of Military Affairs to prepare, execute, file, and have served certain civil documents without the intervention of an attorney. The bill provides that its provisions do not authorize a nonattorney to file any legal document not specifically set forth in the bill.

Read more:
http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?ses=171&typ=bil&val=sb1360