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5/2/2016 Veterans Rallying to the State House
Representative Robert B. Lancia Calls Upon All RI Veterans to Voice Their Concerns About Veterans Issues
STATE HOUSE  --  On Saturday, May 21st, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Representative Robert B. Lancia will host a veterans rally on the State House’s south lawn.  The rally, organized by Rep. Lancia and various veteran’s organizations around the state, will call attention to veteran’s issues in Rhode Island.
“As far as I’m concerned, the state of Rhode Island needs to do more to address veteran’s issues,” said Lancia.  “This session alone, I have introduced legislation to benefit veterans across the state, including those who have retired.”
Representative Lancia’s legislation includes 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).  There is also a bill to create Gold Star license plates for Gold Star parents. 
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 lives are touched by the hard work and sacrifices our veterans have made every day,” said Lancia. “On Saturday, May 21st, there will be veterans at the State House letting the government know what they want.  Our state’s veterans voting block should not be ignored.”
The Cranston representative has created a working group to develop legislation aimed at veterans in all stages of life.

For more information, contact:
Raina C. Smith, House Minority Office
State House Room 106
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-2259