[r53] Bill proposing extension of Military Family Relief Fund passes House (1/27/2012)

Friday, January 27, 2012

Start Date: 1/27/2012
End Date: 1/27/2012

STATEHOUSE—Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) supported legislation today that would enhance the Military Family Relief Fund. House Bill (HB) 1059 passed out of the Indiana House of Representatives with a 93-0 vote.

HB 1059 would extend the time allotment that an active duty service member and their families may receive assistance from the fund from one to three years. The Military Family Relief Fund is primarily funded through the sale of “Support our Troops” license plates issued by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

“The Military Family Relief Fund helps Hoosier families that are struggling to pay for essentials while a provider of the family is on active duty employment,” said Rep. Cherry. “I was pleased that the proposed extension of this fund was supported in a bipartisan effort in the House today.

“Not only is this fund well-intentioned because it supports our military personnel during difficult times, but it is also self-sufficient through the sale of vanity license plates.”

HB 1059 will move to the Senate for further discussion and debate. If signed into law, it will go into effect July 1, 2012.

To find the most up-to-date bill status, visit www.in.gov/legislative.