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.