House approves Chairman Azzinaro’s veterans information bill


            STATE HOUSE – The House of Representatives today passed legislation sponsored by House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Samuel A. Azzinaro which would require employers to post basic information on veterans' benefits and services within their businesses for their employees.

            “While our veterans have sacrificed so much for us all, it is no secret that acclimating back to civilian life at home can be difficult and this is why there are so many benefits and services to help our veterans after their time in the service.  But our veterans cannot access these benefits and services if they are not aware of them and that is why this legislation is needed.  By offering this simple piece of information, we can provide the support to our veterans that they need and deserve,” said Chairman Azzinaro (D-Dist. 37, Westerly).

            The legislation (2023-H 5933) would require employers in the state with more than 50 employees to display a poster containing basic information on veterans’ benefits and services which would be created and distributed by the Department of Labor and Training in consultation with the Office of Veterans Services.

            The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration where Sen. Walter S. Felag (D-Dist. 10, Warren, Bristol, Tiverton) has introduced the legislation (2023-S 0662).


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