Legislation by Sen. Morrell Providing Financial Relief to Disabled Veterans Passed by State Senate

By on May 26, 2019

New financial relief for disabled veterans moved one step closer this week when two bills authored by State Senator Mike Morrell (R-23rd District-Rancho Cucamonga) unanimously passed the State Senate. They will next be considered by the state’s Assembly. Both bills are intended to provide financial relief for California’s disabled veterans.

SB 500 would increase higher education opportunities for the state’s disabled veterans by creating a program through the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) that extends housing and tuition assistance to disabled veterans pursuing graduate-level college degrees. Many veterans are often unable to perform the same jobs they had in the Armed Services due to injuries sustained while serving their country. SB 500 will ensure they can stand out in a competitive job market.

SB 562 would also help disabled veterans in keeping up with California’s high cost of living by increasing the current basic property tax exemption for this group. The median home price in California is approximately $540,000. Property taxes for a home this value exceed more than $5,000 per year.

“When veterans return home, they should have every chance to find favorable working and living conditions, especially when their physical abilities have been impacted by their time in the service,” said Sen. Morrell. “As costs continue to rise in California, property taxes should be the least of their concerns and they should also be able to pursue the best employment opportunities available.”

Sen. Morrell has also co-authored SB 663 which would exempt veteran’s service organizations such as Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the American Legion from property taxes on their properties that are used in the service of veterans. This legislation has also been passed unanimously by the State Senate and will now move to the State Assembly.

Sen. Morrell is Yucaipa’s state senator and can be reached at:  909-919-7731 or online at: https://morrell.cssrc.us/content/my-offices.