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H0140......................................................by STATE AFFAIRS VETERANS HOMES - Amends existing law to revise the powers and duties of the administrator of the Division of Veterans Services; to revise the definition of "veteran" and to provide a definition of "wartime veteran"; to provide that male and female veterans discharged under honorable conditions shall be eligible for admission to the state's veterans homes; and to delete eligibility for admission to the state's veterans homes for members of the state national guard disabled while in the line of duty who did not refuse military duty on account of conscientious objection. 02/02 House intro - 1st rdg - to printing 02/05 Rpt prt - to St Aff 02/14 Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg 02/15 2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg 02/19 3rd rdg - PASSED - 65-4-1 AYES -- Barraclough, Bedke, Bell, Bieter, Black, Boe, Bolz, Bradford, Bruneel, Campbell, Chase, Clark, Collins, Crow, Cuddy, Deal, Denney, Ellis, Ellsworth, Eskridge, Field(13), Field(20), Gagner, Gould, Hadley, Hammond, Harwood, Henbest, Higgins, Hornbeck, Jaquet, Jones, Kellogg, Kendell, Kunz, Lake, Langford, Loertscher, Mader, Marley, McKague, Meyer, Montgomery, Mortensen, Moss, Moyle, Pearce, Pischner, Pomeroy, Raybould, Ridinger, Roberts, Robison, Sellman, Shepherd, Smith, Smylie, Stevenson, Stone, Swan, Tilman, Trail, Wheeler, Young, Mr. Speaker NAYS -- Barrett, Sali, Schaefer, Wood Absent and excused -- Callister Floor Sponsor -- Eskridge Title apvd - to Senate 02/20 Senate intro - 1st rdg - to St Aff 03/01 Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg 03/02 2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg 03/16 3rd rdg - PASSED - 34-0-1 AYES -- Andreason, Boatright, Branch(Bartlett), Brandt, Bunderson, Burtenshaw, Cameron, Danielson, Darrington, Davis, Deide, Dunklin, Frasure, Geddes, Goedde, Hawkins, Ingram, Ipsen, Keough, King-Barrutia, Lee, Lodge, Noh, Richardson, Risch, Sandy, Schroeder, Sims, Sorensen, Stegner, Stennett, Thorne, Wheeler, Whitworth NAYS -- None Absent and excused -- Williams Floor Sponsor -- King-Barrutia Title apvd - to House 03/19 To enrol 03/20 Rpt enrol - Sp signed 03/21 Pres signed - to Governor 03/26 Governor signed Session Law Chapter 198 Effective: 07/01/01
|||| LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO |||| Fifty-sixth Legislature First Regular Session - 2001 IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HOUSE BILL NO. 140 BY STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE 1 AN ACT 2 RELATING TO THE STATE VETERANS HOMES; AMENDING SECTION 65-202, IDAHO CODE, TO 3 REVISE THE POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE DIVISION OF VET- 4 ERANS SERVICES; AMENDING SECTION 65-203, IDAHO CODE, TO REVISE THE DEFI- 5 NITION OF VETERAN AND TO PROVIDE A DEFINITION OF WARTIME VETERAN; AMENDING 6 SECTION 66-901, IDAHO CODE, TO PROVIDE THAT MALE AND FEMALE VETERANS DIS- 7 CHARGED UNDER HONORABLE CONDITIONS SHALL BE ELIGIBLE FOR ADMISSION TO THE 8 STATE'S VETERANS HOMES AND TO DELETE ELIGIBILITY FOR ADMISSION TO THE 9 STATE'S VETERANS HOMES FOR MEMBERS OF THE STATE NATIONAL GUARD DISABLED 10 WHILE IN THE LINE OF DUTY WHO DID NOT REFUSE MILITARY DUTY ON ACCOUNT OF 11 CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION. 12 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho: 13 14 SECTION 1. That Section 65-202, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby 15 amended to read as follows: 16 65-202. POWERS AND DUTIES. The administrator of the division of veterans 17 services shall have full power and authority on behalf of the state of Idaho, 18 in recognition of the services rendered by disabled or destitute servicemen19 and servicewomen honorably discharged fromveterans of the armed forces of the 20 United States, to oversee the management and operation of the veterans homes 21 in the state, and provide such care and extend such financial relief and22 assistanceto said disabled or destitute, honorably discharged servicemen and23 servicewomenveterans of the armed forces of the United States. Further, the 24 administrator shall extend financial relief and assistance to disabled or des- 25 titute wartime veterans and to those dependent upon such honorably discharged,26 disabled or destitute servicemen and servicewomenwartime veterans as the com- 27 mission shall determine to be reasonably required by such disabled or desti-28 tute servicemen and servicewomen and their dependentsunder such rules as the 29 administrator may, from time to time, adopt ; and said administrator shall have30 power and authority to render such financial assistance to any person honor-31 ably discharged from the armed forces of the United States, regardless of the32 period during which he or she shall have served; provided, however, that no33 financial aid or direct relief shall be granted to any discharged person34 unless he or she shall have served during one (1) of the periods hereinafter35 referred to and shall come under the definition of veteran set out in section36 65-203, Idaho Code. 37 With the approval of the commission, the administrator may prescribe the 38 qualifications of all personnel on a nonpartisan merit basis in accordance 39 with the Idaho personnel system law for employment of personnel in veterans40 homesthe division of veterans services. 41 SECTION 2. That Section 65-203, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby 42 amended to read as follows: 2 1 65-203. "VETERAN" DEFINED. (1) The wordterm "veteran," as used in this 2 chapter, shall include any honorably dischargedperson who is a bona fide res- 3 ident of the state of Idaho, andwho served on active duty in the armed forces4 of theUnited States military, naval, or air service and was discharged or 5 separated under honorable conditions after ninety (90) days of continuous 6 active duty, or was separated or discharged from military service earlier than 7 ninety (90) days under honorable conditions because of a service-connected 8 disability. 9 (2) The term "wartime veteran," as used in this chapter, shall include 10 any person who is a bona fide resident of the state of Idaho who served on 11 active duty in the United States armed forces at some time during any period 12 of war recognized by the United States department of veterans affairs for the 13 purpose of awarding federal veterans benefits as may be defined in title 38, 14 U.S. code, chapter 1, section 101(11), or, who, served on active duty in the15 naval, military or air forces of any of the governments associated with the16 United States during said periods; provided, that no person shall be entitled17 to any benefits under this chapter who being in the armed forces of the United18 States or of any of the governments associated with the United States during19 said periods, refused on conscientious, political, or other grounds, to be20 subject to military discipline or unqualified service; provided, however, that21 nothing in this chapter contained shall prevent said Idaho veterans affairs22 commission from rendering every possible aid and assistance to any honorably23 discharged veteran, or his or her dependents, except grants of direct relief24 shall be confined to veterans and their dependents as defined herein. Any aid25 or assistance, which is determined by the commission to be duplicated in any26 manner by any other agency or organization, may not be rendered by said com-27 missionwho was separated or discharged under honorable conditions after 28 ninety (90) days of continuous active duty or was separated or discharged from 29 military service earlier under honorable conditions because of a service-con- 30 nected disability. 31 SECTION 3. That Section 66-901, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby 32 amended to read as follows: 33 66-901. ESTABLISHMENT OF HOMES. On and after July 1, 2000, there shall be 34 established in the division of veterans services in the department of self- 35 governing agencies in this state homes for veterans which shall hereafter be 36 known and designated as Idaho state veterans homes, which institutions shall 37 be homes for honorably dischargedmale and female veterans who had actual ser-38 vice during any war or conflict officially engaged indischarged under honor- 39 able conditions by the government of the United States; and for members of the40 state national guard disabled while in the line of duty who did not refuse41 military duty on account of conscientious objection;provided, that before a 42 person is admitted to a home he shall be a bona fide resident of this state.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE RS 10822 The purpose of this legislation is to allow peacetime veterans eligibility for admission to the State's veterans homes and at the same time allowing the state to increase its occupancy rate, thus reducing the cost per resident and increasing fiscal efficiency relative to operation of the State's veterans homes. FISCAL IMPACT No negative fiscal impact is anticipated by approval of this bill. A positive fiscal impact should occur if the vacancy rate is reduced and efficiencies in cost are realized because of increased resident numbers. Contact Name: Rep. Eskridge Phone: 208/1000 Reps. Stone, Young, Tilman, Denney Sen. Schroeder STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE H 140