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LEGISLATIVE NEWS

Legislative Report
January 2017
Mike Flynn
Triangle Chapter Legislative Chair

MOAA, along with other veterans’ groups in the state, is pursuing action to gain passage of the following legislation:

Legislative goals on which the Legislative Chair will work in coordination with the North Carolina Council of Chapters and the North Carolina Veterans’ Council are outlined here. The Legislative Chair has already coordinated with the office of Congressman David Price and State Representative Grier Martin to schedule meetings.

Federal Issues

  • Military pay. Despite the 2.1% pay raise authorized in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, the President had indicated a preference to limit the raise to 1.6%. We will emphasize to our representatives the need to attract and retain the best people, and the vital part played by adequate pay.
  • HB 5. Reauthorizes a Veterans’ License Plate. The bill passed the House and currently is in the Senate Finance Committee. The goal is to add language to the bill to include add female veterans.
  • Military Retirement Plan. The recently enacted Blended Retirement Plan reduces retired pay by 10% for a 20 year retiree and by 15% for a 30 year retiree. The plan also calls for service member contributions to their thrift plan which the Services will match. There is concern that this change may have some of the same consequences as the failed Redux plan of the 1980s. We will urge our representatives to monitor closely the impact of the plan on recruiting, retention and readiness.
  • Extension of Bailey, Emory, Patton. Currently there are two classes of retirees in North Carolina. Those who had five years of State or federal employment/service as of 12 August1989 have all their retired pay exempted from state tax. For those who do not meet this criteria all their retired pay is subject to state income tax. Bills introduced in the last legislative session did not advance. We will continue to press our state legislators to remedy this inequity the last session, some representatives were reluctant to carve out tax exceptions for special groups.
  • Amend the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act. This would ensure continuity of family support when service members move between states. In the last session a bill passed the House but failed to come to a vote the Senate.
  • Military Retirement Plan. The recently enacted Blended Retirement Plan reduces retired pay by 10% for a 20 year retiree and by 15% for a 30 year retiree. The plan also calls for service member contributions to their thrift plan which the Services will match. There is concern that this change may have some of the same consequences as the failed Redux plan of the 1980s. We will urge our representatives to monitor closely the impact of the plan on recruiting, retention and readiness.

North Carolina issues.

  • Extension of Bailey, Emory, Patton. Currently there are two classes of retirees in North Carolina. Those who had five years of State or federal employment/service as of 12 August1989 have all their retired pay exempted from state tax. For those who do not meet this criteria all their retired pay is subject to state income tax. Bills introduced in the last legislative session did not advance. We will continue to press our state legislators to remedy this inequity the last session, some representatives were reluctant to carve out tax exceptions for special groups.
  • Amend the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act. This would ensure continuity of family support when service members move between states. In the last session a bill passed the House but failed to come to a vote the Senate.
  • MEDICAID Waiver Protections/Military Families. Passage of legislation in this important area would assure dependents retain MEDICAID waivers when the sponsor is transferred outside North Carolina. In the last session this bill passed the House but not the Senate.
  • Limit Soldiers’ Community College Tuition. Legislation in this area would cap tuition for soldiers at the amount of tuition assistance available from the federal government. This bill passed the House and was never addressed in the Senate.

Contact Your Legistlators

In conversations with our elected representatives the issue of individual involvement is continually addressed. During the current sessions of Congress and the State General Assembly it is important that we make our voices heard. The best way to have your input into legislation which affects you or which affects the active force is to contact your elected state and congressional representatives and senators. Call, write or email but raise your voice to make certain our elected officials know our position on issues important to us.

Federal Contact Info

U.S. Senators

Richard Burr
217 Russell Senate Office
Washington DC 20510
Tel. (202) 224-3154
Online: Contact page

Thom Tillis
185 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20519
(202) 224-6342
Online: Contact page

U.S. House of Representatives
Number preceding name is district.

4th District
David Price
2108 Rayburn Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Tel. (202) 225-1784
Online: Contact page

2nd District
George Holding
1110 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Online: Contact page

North Carolina General Assembly Contact Info

State Representatives.
Number preceding name is district.

District 11
Duane Hall
16 W. Jones Street, Rm 1004
Raleigh, NC 27601
Telephone: 919-733-5755
Email: duane.hall@ncleg.net

District 33
Rosa Gill
16 W. Jones Street, Rm 1303
Raleigh, NC 27601
Telephone: 919-733-5880
Email: rosa.gill@ncleg.net

District 34
Grier Martin
16 W. Jones Street, Rm 1023
Raleigh, NC 27601
Telephone: 919-733-5773
E Mail: grier.martin@ncleg.net

District 35
Chris Malone
16 W. Jones Street, Rm 1229
Raleigh, NC 27601
Telephone: 919-715-3010
Email: chris.malone@ncleg.net

District 36
Nelson Dollar
300 N. Salisbury Street, Rm 307B
Raleigh, NC 27603
Telephone: 919-715-0795
Email: nelson.dollar@ncleg.net

District 38
Yvonne Lewis Holley
16 W. Jones St, R, 1219
Raleigh, NC 27601
Telephone: 919-733-5758
Email: yvonne.holley@ncleg.net

District 39
Darren G. Jackson
300 N. Salisbury Street, Rm 506
Raleigh, NC 27603
Telephone: 919-733-5974
Email: darren.jackson@ncleg.net

District 40
Joe John
16 W. Jones St, Rm 1013
Raleigh, NC 27601
Telephone 919-733-5530
Email: joe.john@ncleg.net

District 41
Gayle Adcock
16 W. Jones Street, Rm 1211
Raleigh, NC 27601
Telephone 919-733-5602
Email: gayle.adcock@ncleg.net

District 49
Cynthia Ball
16 W. Jones Street, Rm 1319
Raleigh, NC 27601
Telephone 919-733-5860
Email: cynthia.ball@ncleg.net

State Senators
Number preceding name is district.

District 4
Dan Blue
16 W. Jones St, Rm 1129
Raleigh, NC 27601
Telephone 919-733-5752
Email: dan.blue@ncleg.net

District 15
John Alexander
300 N. Salisbury St, Rm 625
Raleigh, NC 27603
Telephone 919-733-5925
Email: john.alexander@ncleg.net

District 16
Jay Chaudhuri
16 W. Jones St, Rm 1121
Raleigh, NC 27601
Telephone 919-715-6400
Email: jay.chaudhuri@ncleg.net

District 17
Tamara Barringer
300 N. Salisbury St, Rm 629
Raleigh, NC 27603
Telephone 919-733-5653
Email: tamara.barringer@ncleg.net

District 18
Chad Barefoot
300 N. Salisbury Street, Rm 406
Raleigh, NC 27603
Telephone 919 715-3036
Email: mailto:chad.barefoot@ncleg.net