Commitment to Iowa Veterans

SpeakerKP

As we continue to move through the session, we continue to work on bills that are a priority for Iowans, including the Home Base Iowa plan.

I appreciate the service and sacrifice that veterans have made to our state and our country. These are some of the most skilled and highly-trained men and women in the country. The House wants to honor those who are already in Iowa and encourage more to come here and enrich our communities and work for Iowa companies.

This package of legislation is designed to attract veterans back to Iowa and ensure they have the opportunities they need to be successful when they return.

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Governor Branstad, Gunnery Sergeant Vince “Gunny” Russo, and myself

Military Pension Income Tax Exemption: Fully exempt military pensions from state income tax.

Survivor Benefits Income Tax Exemption: Fully exempt military survivor benefits from state income tax.

Occupational Licensure: Directs Iowa’s occupational licensing boards to adopt rules allowing credit for military training and experience in the licensing process.

Hiring preference: Allows private sector employers to grant a preference in hiring and promoting veterans.

Plate fees: Eliminates the special plate issuance fees charged for plates associated with military service.

Monitor credits: Requires community colleges and universities to file reports on the amount of credits they are giving veterans for their service in the military.

County Veterans Affairs: Helps County Commissions of Veterans Affairs keep veterans records confidential as well as improving the policies dealing with the care and maintenance of veteran’s graves.

The bill passed the House with overwhelmingly bipartisan support. It now goes to the Senate for their consideration.

As always, please feel free to contact me at my office at (515) 281-3521 or kraig.paulsen@legis.iowa.gov with any questions or concerns.

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