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Veteran-related legislation in New Mexico 01/16/2013

This is the first courtesy update of veteran-related legislation introduced during the 2013 Legislative Session, which began yesterday at noon and concludes at noon on March 16.
 
The New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services will provide you with this daily courtesy update for the duration of the Session.  It will contain information about the introduced Bills/Memorials/Resolutions and show their status in the legislative process.
 
The list will grow as more legislation is introduced on the chamber floors of the State Senate and House of Representatives.  
 
For more information about the 2013 Legislature, go to the Legislature website at http://www.nmlegis.gov.
 
The New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services fully supports these veteran-related pieces of legislation. We encourage you to contact your local legislators to voice your support for these measures.  You can find the contact information of all legislators at:  www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/legislatorsearch.aspx.
 
 
 
Bill:               HB15
Sponsors:    Anderson (R29)
Title:            TAXATION: ARMED FORCES RETIREES' INCENTIVE TAX CREDIT
Summary:    Adds a new section to the Income Tax Act to provide a phased in annual state income tax credit of up to $1,000 to encourage military retirees to move to New Mexico and use their expertise in its work force.
Subjects:     Veterans and Military Affairs; Taxation and Fees; Public Employees/Retirement
Progress:     Introduced
Status:         12/18/2012 – Prefiled in the House
History:        12/18/2012—H Prefiled in the House.
Bill:               HB16
Sponsors:    Anderson (R29)
Title:            FUNDING TO RAISE AWARENESS OF USS NEW MEXICO SUBMARINE
Summary:    Appropriates $50,000 from the General Fund to the Department of Military Affairs for FY2014 to educate the public on the mission of the nuclear‑powered submarine USS New Mexico, sponsor the visit of its crew to the state, and recognize its top sailors each quarter and each year.
Subjects:     Appropriations; Veterans and Military Affairs
Progress:     Introduced
Status:         12/18/2012 – Prefiled in the House
History:        12/18/2012—H Prefiled in the House.
Bill:               HB36
Sponsors:    Hamilton (R38)
Title:            VETERANS' PTSD TREATMENT PILOT PROJECT
Summary:    (For the Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee) (Identical to 2012 HHGAC substitute for HB101) Appropriate $250,000 (GF) to the Veterans’ Services Department for a pilot program to treat veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with virtual reality therapy. Funding is for use from FY2014 through FY2017.
Subjects:     Veterans and Military Affairs; Appropriations; State Affairs and State Agencies; Interim Studies and Interim Committees; Information Technology; Higher Education; Health and Medical Practice
Progress:     Introduced
Status:         12/28/2012 – Prefiled in the House
History:        12/28/2012—H Prefiled in the House.
Bill:               HJM3
Sponsors:    Hamilton (R38)
Title:            APPROVAL PROTOCOL FOR VETERANS' EDUCATION LEGISLATION
Summary:    (For the Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee) Requests the congressional delegation to utilize the “New Mexico State Approving Agency” and the “National Association of State‑Approving Agencies” when Congress is considering legislation that could affect education benefits for New Mexico veterans.
Subjects:     Veterans and Military Affairs; Higher Education; State Affairs and State Agencies
Progress:     Introduced
Status:         12/28/2012 – Prefiled in the House
History:        12/28/2012—H Prefiled in the House.
Bill:               HJM4
Sponsors:    Martinez, Rudolpho (D39)
Title:            VIETNAM VETERANS DAY
Summary:    (For the Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee) Expresses gratitude for the service and sacrifices of Vietnam War veterans and requests that the Governor declare March 29, 2013 as Vietnam Veterans Day in New Mexico.
Subjects:     Veterans and Military Affairs
Progress:     Introduced
Status:         12/28/2012 – Prefiled in the House
History:        12/28/2012—H Prefiled in the House.

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