AK House Majority
The 27th Alaska State Legislature, 2011 - 2012  
Sponsor Statement: House Bill 180

Veteran Designation On Driver's License

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Rep. Dan Saddler R-13
Ak Legislative Majority

Rep. Dan Saddler (R-13)
Co-Chair, (L)
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An Act authorizing the Department of Administration to note a person's status as a retired veteran or a veteran discharged under honorable conditions on the person's driver's license or identification card, to provide certain information to the Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs, and to charge a fee for replacing a valid driver's license or identification card with a new license or card that includes the veteran designation; and providing for an effective date.

Posted: March 14, 2011 : v27-LS0589-A
Bill Version: CSHB 180(FIN)
Status: (S) FIN : 2012-04-06

House Bill 180 seeks to help Alaska Veterans receive more of the benefits they have earned through their sacrifice and service in uniform, and to which they are entitled by law and custom. It would allow the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to add information to state drivers' licenses or identification cards signifying the holder's status as a veteran, and would allow DMV to share that information with the state's veterans benefit office.

Alaska is among the most veteran-friendly states in the Union. Many businesses and organizations demonstrate their appreciation by offering various discounts, preferences and other benefits to bona fide veterans. However, veterans must usually prove they qualify by presenting certified copies of their discharge documents - the DD-214, DD-215, or NGC-22 forms, exposing these critical documents to wear, damage or loss.

By giving veterans a way to carry reliable and convenient proof of their status on state-issued cards, this bill would help them more easily enjoy the full range of personal, business and social benefits offered to them by a grateful state.

HB 180 could also help relieve the situtation in which tens of thousands of Alaska veterans may be missing out on significant government benefits, because they have no contact with the state's Office of Veterans Affairs. The bill would allow the DMV to provide the names and addresses of those who are issued veteran-designated driver's licenses or ID cards to the state veterans' office. The office could then reach out to make more veterans aware of programs available to them, and to help them receive any benefits owed to them.

I respectfully request your support for House Bill 180.

Thank you.

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2012-02-10 : 00:27 : [AUDIO] Rep. Dan Saddler Explains Why HB 180 is Important to Veterans
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