FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 02/07/2011
Rep. Ryan Guillen Files Legislation to Help Vets
Bills will address the growing needs and concerns of
Texas military personnel, veterans and their families
AUSTIN -- Today, State Representative Ryan Guillen District 31 announced that he has filed legislation to enhance the lives of veterans and members of the military and provide relief to their families in a time when our nation's economy is weak.
"Our state's military personnel fight tirelessly to ensure the safety of the United State and its citizens." Rep. Ryan Guillen added "My legislative proposals regarding veterans honor those who have respectfully served to protect our country."
Currently, the State of Texas is home to over a million veterans and their families. Legislation filed by Rep. Guillen seeks to encourage entrepreneurship, protect veteran homeowners and their spouses, and spur economic development.
•H.B. 888 by Rep. Guillen provides that disabled veterans be included in the criteria necessary to be considered a historically underutilized business. Those included in the Texas State Comptroller's HUB directory benefit from increased exposure to business opportunities with state and private entities who take part in a supplier diversity program.
•H.B 445 by Rep. Guillen allows the surviving family members of those killed in the line of duty or disabled veterans an opportunity to pay property taxes in installments. This bill eases the transition for disabled veterans and the surviving spouses of those killed while serving.
•H.B 635 by Rep. Guillen ensures a grace period before a foreclosure on the residence of a surviving spouse of service members who lost their lives during active military duty.
•H.B. 26 by Rep. Guillen prohibits an increase raise in property taxes imposed by a taxing authority for military reserves ordered to active military duty. Reservists should not have to endure unexpected tax increases while they are on active duty and away from their civilian jobs and income.
"This proposed legislation will ensure that Texas veterans, active reservists and their families are able to contend with the challenges brought by serving. I intend to reach across the aisle and encourage every legislator to support these bills. I hope we can work together for the future of Texas and those who serve this country," said Rep. Guillen.
As an officer (Major) in the Texas State Guard and as a member of the House Veterans Caucus previously, Rep. Ryan Guillen understands the importance of honoring the Texas men and women who have served to keep us free. He has authored and worked to pass measures that provide homestead tax exemptions for disabled veterans, a scholarship program for ROTC students to promote military service, and provide essential job skill training as well as employment assistance for veterans.
Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen is serving in his fifth term in the Texas House representing District 31, which includes the South Texas counties of Duval, Starr, Webb and Zapata. A respected leader known for his fierce independence and relentless efforts to deliver results for South Texas families, he’s received numerous honors and has been named “Best Legislator," “Legislative Champion,” “Outstanding Legislator,” “South Texas Champion,” “Best of the House” and “Legislator of the Year” by organizations that advocate for issues ranging from education and healthcare to public safety and economic development. Since 2007, no other state representative has successfully authored and passed more legislation than Representative Guillen.