Senate passes veterans bills

Posted: Monday, May 13, 2002

JUNEAU - Three bills proposed by Gov. Tony Knowles to aid veterans passed the Senate unanimously Saturday.

The Senate approved a bill that makes permanent the Alaska Veterans' Advisory Council, which the governor established by administrative order. The 20-member council is responsible for making recommendations to the state coordinator of veterans' affairs on the needs of veterans.

The Senate also approved a bill establishing an endowment with $125,000 in state money to repair and maintain veterans' memorials in Alaska. Private contributions would match the state funding.

Lawmakers also approved a $500 million revenue bond package to finance home loans for veterans. Veterans' mortgage payments would repay the debt.

The bills now go to the House.

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