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PRINTER'S NO. 2365
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE BILL
No.
1774
Session of
2019
INTRODUCED BY BOBACK, POLINCHOCK, MURT, JAMES, YOUNGBLOOD,
CALTAGIRONE, MIHALEK, PETRARCA, JOHNSON-HARRELL, McNEILL,
HOHENSTEIN, GOODMAN, READSHAW, HILL-EVANS, SAINATO,
FITZGERALD, GAYDOS, MULLERY, BARRAR, RAVENSTAHL, MACKENZIE,
BROWN, EVERETT, T. DAVIS AND DRISCOLL, AUGUST 30, 2019
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY
PREPAREDNESS, AUGUST 30, 2019
AN ACT
Amending Title 51 (Military Affairs) of the Pennsylvania
Consolidated Statutes, providing for the exclusion of
veterans' benefit payments from income for Commonwealth
programs.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Title 51 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated
Statutes is amended by adding a chapter to read:
CHAPTER 99
VETERANS' BENEFIT PAYMENT EXCLUSION
Sec.
9901. Definitions.
9902. Exclusion.
§ 9901. Definitions.
The following words and phrases when used in this chapter
shall have the meanings given to them in this section unless the
context clearly indicates otherwise:
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"Commonwealth program." A program administered by the
Commonwealth that requires, as a condition for eligibility, the
inclusion of an individual's income.
"Veteran." An individual who served in the United States
Armed Forces, including a reserve component or National Guard,
and who was discharged from that service under conditions other
than dishonorable.
"Veterans' benefit payment." Compensation or payment
received by a veteran that is directly related to or the result
of the veteran's service-connected disability as determined by
the United States Veterans Administration.
§ 9902. Exclusion.
(a) General rule.--One hundred percent of a veterans'
benefit payment may not be included as income for any
Commonwealth program.
(b) Extension to spouses.--The exclusion under this section
shall apply to an unmarried surviving spouse upon the death of a
veteran for any compensation or payment the unmarried surviving
spouse is entitled to receive.
Section 2. This act shall take effect in 60 days.
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