Boback Conducts Public Hearing on Restructuring of DMVA and Veterans Programs
TUNKHANNOCK – Rep. Karen Boback (R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming) majority chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee conducted a public hearing on Tuesday morning highlighting the potential restructuring of the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) and certain programs that the department administers. 

“As majority chairman, I brought the committee together to have a discussion about legislation we will be bringing forth to benefit veterans across the Commonwealth,” said Boback. “Among the legislative proposals we discussed, was amending the Disabled Veterans Real Estate Tax Exemption Program, to assist more veterans and their families; creating a veterans lottery ticket to fund elderly day care program; establishing a staff judge advocate at the DMVA; and reforming the Pennsylvania State Veterans Commission.    

“After talking to many constituents throughout not only my legislative district but across our Commonwealth, I realized the benefit this veterans lottery ticket program would create for Pennsylvania veterans, including creating a community-based palliative care program for them. I am eager to work alongside our House and Senate colleagues, including our department and agency counterparts who were willing to testify before the committee to create further programs that would continue to assist our veterans,” noted Boback. 

House Bill 910 introduced by Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh/Berks), House Bill 1815 introduced by Rep. Tracy Pennycuick (R-Montgomery) and House Bill 1953 introduced by Rep. Chris Sainato (D- Lawrence) would amend the Disabled Veterans Real Estate Tax Exemption Program.  

House Bill 1691, introduced by Boback, would establish an instant Pennsylvania lottery ticket for veterans to help fund an elderly veteran’s day care program in addition to the Veterans Trust Fund for veterans programs and benefits. 

House Bill 1938, introduced by Rep. Craig Williams (R-Chester/Delaware), amends Title 51, to require the DMVA general counsel to have Judge Advocate General experience. 

House Bill 1972, introduced by Boback, would establish an adult day care program to be known as “Community-Based Palliative Care” within the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. 

House Bill 1978, introduced by Pennycuick, amends Title 51, by altering the membership criteria for the Pennsylvania State Veterans’ Commission. 

Representative Karen Boback
117th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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