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1/19/2016 Rep. Lancia announces 2016 as the “Year of the Veteran”
Press Conference Scheduled for Jan. 19 at 3 p.m. to Announce Bills Aimed at Helping Veterans
STATE HOUSE - Representative Robert B. Lancia, (Dist. 16-Cranston), will hold a press conference on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 3 p.m. in the State House Rotunda announcing 2016 as the “Year of the Veteran.” Lancia will also discuss bi-partisan legislation he is introducing this session to benefit veterans across the state, including those who have retired, own their own businesses, or are seeking to start their own businesses in the state.
“Our lives are touched by the hard work and sacrifices our veterans have made every day,” said Lancia. “A veteran’s willingness to fight for the principles our country and to defend our freedom have allowed us the privilege to live in a truly democratic society. I believe that our veterans have earned our support and respect and that anything we can do to honor them is important.”
The Cranston representative created a working group to develop legislation at aimed at veterans in all stages of life.
“This wonderful group of business leaders, veterans, and agencies dedicated to the interested of veterans has been instrumental in the development of these bills,” said Lancia. “I am thankful for their ideas, research, and support in creating these bills that will touch a majority of veterans in our state.”
Recipients of military pensions will benefit from H-7112 which would exempt the amount of military pension which is included in federal adjusted gross income from the state income tax. Veteran-owned businesses would receive a veteran’s preference in the issuance of state contracts under H-7119. Both bills are co-sponsored by Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Jan P. Malik (D-District 67, Barrington, Warren), Deputy Majority Leader Samuel A. Azzinaro (D-District 37, Westerly), Rep. Daniel P. Reilly (R-District 72, Middletown, Portsmouth), and Deputy Minority Leader Doreen M. Costa, (R-District 31, North Kingstown, Exeter).
For veterans transitioning from military service, H-7101 would create a Transitioning Veterans’ Small Business Loan Program. The program would provide these veterans with business plan assistance, ongoing mentorship in business development and execution, and promote small business loans to start a business in Rhode Island. This bill is co-sponsored by Malik, Azzinaro, Costa, and Rep. Kenneth A. Marshall (D-District 68, Bristol, Warren)
“Our state provides benefits to so many other groups. It makes sense to extend some of these benefits to the men and women who have served our country,” said Lancia. “I look forward to working with my fellow representatives on both sides of the aisle to pass this legislation so that we may improve the lives of veterans together.”

For more information, contact:
Louise Tetreault, House Minority Office
State House Room 106
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-2259