senate Bill S908C

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to the performance of a study regarding homeless persons who are veterans in the state of New York

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May 29, 2014 print number 908c
amend and recommit to veterans, homeland security and military affairs
Mar 28, 2014 print number 908b
amend (t) and recommit to veterans, homeland security and military affairs
Feb 04, 2014 print number 908a
amend and recommit to veterans, homeland security and military affairs
Jan 08, 2014 referred to veterans, homeland security and military affairs
Jan 09, 2013 referred to veterans, homeland security and military affairs

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S908 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7259B
Current Committee:
Senate Veterans, Homeland Security And Military Affairs
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §353, Exec L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S6343

S908 - Bill Texts

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Relates to the performance of a study regarding homeless persons who are veterans in the state of New York.

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BILL NUMBER:S908

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the executive law, in relation to the performance of a study
regarding homeless women who are veterans in the state of New York

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To address the alarming trend of homeless women who happen to be
veteran and mothers.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1. Amends section 501 of the executive law by adding new
subdivision 17 to perform a study and analysis to determine the
amount of homeless women in New York State who are veterans. It will
also determine the number of offspring of the veterans and current
placement. Once the study is completed a written report will be
delivered to the governor and the legislature.

JUSTIFICATION:
According to the United States Government Accountability Office, Women
veterans identified as homeless by VA increased more than 140
percent, from 1,350 in fiscal year 2006 to 3,328 in fiscal year 2010.
Women veterans are also 4 times more likely than their male
counterparts to end up homeless. About 3,000 of these veterans could
not access shelter and one-third had some sort of disability. These
statistics are alarming and become even more distressing when you
take into account that many of these women have children.

The study and analysis will gather information on the number of
homeless female veterans in New York and how many of them have
children. Homeless female veterans who are single mothers have a
tough time finding adequate shelter, daycare services, and finding
gainful employment. The outcome from this study should produce
recommendations and solutions to combat this growing problem among
women who have served our country.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2011-12: S.6343 - Died in Veterans and Homeland Security

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Unknown.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                   908

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  PARKER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Securi-
  ty and Military Affairs

AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to the performance  of  a
  study  regarding  homeless  women who are veterans in the state of New
  York

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Section 501 of the executive law is amended by adding a new
subdivision 17 to read as follows:
  17.  TO  PERFORM A STUDY AND ANALYSIS TO DETERMINE THE AMOUNT OF HOME-
LESS WOMEN IN NEW YORK STATE WHO ARE VETERANS AS DEFINED IN  SUBDIVISION
THREE  OF  SECTION  THREE HUNDRED FIFTY OF THIS CHAPTER AND TO DETERMINE
THE NUMBER OF OFFSPRING OF SUCH VETERANS AS WELL AS THE  CURRENT  PLACE-
MENT OF SUCH OFFSPRING. SUCH STUDY AND ANALYSIS SHALL BE COMPLETED AND A
WRITTEN  REPORT DELIVERED TO THE GOVERNOR, THE LEGISLATURE AND THE DIVI-
SION OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS WITHIN TWO YEARS AFTER THE EFFECTIVE  DATE  OF
THIS SUBDIVISION.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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S908A - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7259B
Current Committee:
Senate Veterans, Homeland Security And Military Affairs
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §353, Exec L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S6343

S908A - Bill Texts

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Relates to the performance of a study regarding homeless persons who are veterans in the state of New York.

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BILL NUMBER:S908A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to the
performance of a study regarding homeless women who are veterans in the
state of New York

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

To address the alarming trend of homeless women who happen to be veteran
and mothers.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1. Amends section 353 of the executive law by adding new subdi-
vision 6-a concerning the performance of a study division of veterans,
office of temporary and disability service, department of labor and
office of children and family services to determine the number of home-
less women in New York State who are veterans. It will also determine
the number of offspring of the veterans and current placement, and
whether such female veterans suffered military sexual trauma. Once the
study is completed a written report will be delivered to the governor
and the legislature.

JUSTIFICATION:

According to the United States Government Accountability Office, Women
veterans identified as homeless by VA increased more than 140 percent,
from 1,350 in fiscal year 2006 to 3,328 in fiscal year 2010. Women
veterans are also 4 times more likely than their male counterparts to
end up homeless. About 3,000 of these veterans could not access shelter
and one-third had some sort of disability. These statistics are alarming
and become even more distressing when you take into account that many of
these women have children.

The study and analysis will gather information on the number of homeless
female veterans in New York and how many of them have children. Homeless
female veterans who are single mothers have a tough time finding
adequate shelter, daycare services, and finding gainful employment. The
outcome from this study should produce recommendations and solutions to
combat this growing problem among women who have served our country.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2011-12: S.6343 - Died in Veterans and Homeland Security

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

Unknown.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after the bill shall
become law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 908--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. PARKER, ADDABBO, BRESLIN, ESPAILLAT, SAMPSON -- read
  twice  and  ordered  printed,  and when printed to be committed to the
  Committee on Veterans,  Homeland  Security  and  Military  Affairs  --
  recommitted  to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Mili-
  tary Affairs in accordance with Senate Rule 6,  sec.  8  --  committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee

AN  ACT  to amend the executive law, in relation to the performance of a
  study regarding homeless women who are veterans in the  state  of  New
  York

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Section 353 of the executive law is amended by adding a new
subdivision 6-a to read as follows:
  6-A. TO CONDUCT A STUDY, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE OFFICE OF  TEMPORARY
AND  DISABILITY SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, AND OFFICE OF CHILDREN AND
FAMILY SERVICES TO DETERMINE THE NUMBER OF HOMELESS WOMEN  IN  NEW  YORK
STATE  THAT  ARE  VETERANS. SUCH STUDY SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED
TO: (A) AN ANALYSIS OF  FEMALE  VETERANS  IN  NEW  YORK  STATE  WHO  ARE
CURRENTLY  HOMELESS,  OR  HAVE  BEEN HOMELESS WITHIN FIVE YEARS OF BEING
RELEASED FROM ACTIVE DUTY; (B) DATA ON THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN  OF  HOME-
LESS  WOMEN  VETERANS, INCLUDING THE CURRENT PLACEMENT OF SUCH CHILDREN;
(C) CASES OF MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA EXPERIENCED BY HOMELESS WOMEN VETER-
ANS WHILE ON ACTIVE DUTY OR DURING MILITARY TRAINING; AND (D) THE  UNEM-
PLOYMENT  RATE FOR NEW YORK STATE FEMALE VETERANS. THE TERM "CHILDREN OF
HOMELESS VETERANS" SHALL MEAN A PERSON WHO IS UNMARRIED AND WHO IS UNDER
THE AGE OF EIGHTEEN YEARS, AND IS  THE  BIOLOGICAL  OR  LEGALLY  ADOPTED
CHILD  OF  A  FEMALE  VETERAN.  A  WRITTEN REPORT OF SUCH STUDY SHALL BE
DELIVERED TO THE GOVERNOR, THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY AND THE TEMPORARY
PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE BY JUNE THIRTIETH, TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN AND SUCH

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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S. 908--A                           2

INFORMATION REQUIRED PURSUANT TO THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL BE UPDATED EVERY
TWO YEARS.  SUCH REPORT SHALL BE PUBLICLY AVAILABLE AND  POSTED  ON  THE
DIVISION OF VETERANS AFFAIRS WEBSITE.
  S  2.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
have become a law.

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S908B - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7259B
Current Committee:
Senate Veterans, Homeland Security And Military Affairs
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §353, Exec L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S6343

S908B - Bill Texts

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Relates to the performance of a study regarding homeless persons who are veterans in the state of New York.

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BILL NUMBER:S908B

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to the
performance of a study regarding homeless persons who are veterans in
the state of New York

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To address the alarming trend of
homeless persons who happen to be veteran and mothers.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1. Amends section 353 of the executive law by adding new
subdivision 6-a concerning the performance of a study division of
veterans, office of temporary and disability service, department of
labor and office of children and family services to determine the
number of homeless persons in New York State who are veterans. It will
also determine the number of offspring of the veterans and current
placement, and whether such veterans suffered military sexual trauma.
Once the study is completed a written report will be delivered to the
governor and the legislature.

JUSTIFICATION: One fourth and one-fifth, 130,000 and 200,000 of all
homeless people in America are Veterans. Three times that many
veterans are struggling with excessive rent burdens and as such at
increased risk of homelessness. Further, there is concern about the
future. Women veterans and those with disabilities including post
traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury are more likely
to become homeless, and a higher percentage of veterans returning from
the current conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq have these
characteristics.

In 2009 homeless veterans were mostly males while four percent were
females. Today the vast majority is single, most come from poor,
disadvantaged communities, 45 percent suffer from mental illness, and
half have substance abuse problems. Forty-seven per cent of homeless
veterans served during the Vietnam Era. More than 67 per cent served
our country for at least three years and 33 per cent were stationed in
a war zone.

Today, the United States Government Accountability Office reports that
women veterans identified as homeless by the VA increased more than
140 percent, from 1,350 in fiscal year 2006 to 3,328 in fiscal year
2010. Women veterans are also 4 times more likely than their male
counterparts to end up homeless. About 3,000 of these veterans could
not access shelter and one-third had some sort of disability. These
statistics are alarming and become even more distressing when you take
into account that many of these women have children.

The study and analysis will gather information on the number of
homeless veterans in New York and how many of them have children.
Homeless female veterans who are single mothers have a tough time
finding adequate shelter, daycare services, and finding gainful
employment. The outcome from this study should produce recommendations
and solutions to combat this growing problem among the men and women
who have served our country.


PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12: S.6343 - Died in Veterans and
Homeland Security

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Unknown.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after
the bill shall become law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 908--B

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. PARKER, ADDABBO, BRESLIN, ESPAILLAT, LATIMER, SAMP-
  SON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be  commit-
  ted  to  the  Committee  on  Veterans,  Homeland Security and Military
  Affairs -- recommitted to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security
  and Military Affairs in accordance with  Senate  Rule  6,  sec.  8  --
  committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and
  recommitted to said committee -- committee discharged,  bill  amended,
  ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT  to amend the executive law, in relation to the performance of a
  study regarding homeless persons who are veterans in the state of  New
  York

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Section 353 of the executive law is amended by adding a new
subdivision 6-a to read as follows:
  6-A. TO CONDUCT A STUDY, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE OFFICE OF  TEMPORARY
AND  DISABILITY SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, AND OFFICE OF CHILDREN AND
FAMILY SERVICES TO DETERMINE THE NUMBER OF HOMELESS PERSONS IN NEW  YORK
STATE  THAT  ARE  VETERANS. SUCH STUDY SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED
TO: (A) AN ANALYSIS OF VETERANS IN NEW  YORK  STATE  WHO  ARE  CURRENTLY
HOMELESS, OR HAVE BEEN HOMELESS WITHIN FIVE YEARS OF BEING RELEASED FROM
ACTIVE  DUTY;  (B)  DATA ON THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN OF HOMELESS VETERANS,
INCLUDING THE CURRENT PLACEMENT OF SUCH CHILDREN; (C) CASES OF  MILITARY
SEXUAL  TRAUMA  EXPERIENCED BY HOMELESS VETERANS WHILE ON ACTIVE DUTY OR
DURING MILITARY TRAINING; AND (D) THE UNEMPLOYMENT  RATE  FOR  NEW  YORK
STATE  VETERANS.  THE  TERM "CHILDREN OF HOMELESS VETERANS" SHALL MEAN A
PERSON WHO IS UNMARRIED AND WHO IS UNDER THE AGE OF EIGHTEEN YEARS,  AND
IS  THE  BIOLOGICAL  OR  LEGALLY  ADOPTED  CHILD OF A VETERAN. A WRITTEN
REPORT OF SUCH STUDY SHALL BE DELIVERED TO THE GOVERNOR, THE SPEAKER  OF
THE  ASSEMBLY  AND THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE BY JUNE THIRTI-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02829-04-4

S. 908--B                           2

ETH, TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN AND SUCH INFORMATION REQUIRED PURSUANT TO THIS
SUBDIVISION SHALL BE UPDATED EVERY TWO YEARS.    SUCH  REPORT  SHALL  BE
PUBLICLY  AVAILABLE  AND  POSTED  ON  THE  DIVISION  OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
WEBSITE.
  S  2.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
have become a law.

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S908C (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7259B
Current Committee:
Senate Veterans, Homeland Security And Military Affairs
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §353, Exec L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S6343

S908C (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

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Relates to the performance of a study regarding homeless persons who are veterans in the state of New York.

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BILL NUMBER:S908C

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to the
performance of a study regarding homeless persons who are veterans in
the state of New York

PURPOSE:

To address the alarming trend of homeless persons are veterans and
parents.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section I amends section 353 of the executive law by adding new
subdivision 6-a concerning the performance of a study conducted by the
New York State Division of Veterans' Affairs, the Office of Temporary
and Disability Service, Department of Labor and the Office of Children
and Family Services to determine the number of homeless persons in New
York State who are veterans. It will also determine the number of
offspring of the veterans and current placement, and whether such
veterans suffered military sexual trauma. Once the study is completed
a written report will be delivered to the governor and the
legislature.

Section II sets forth the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

A report released in 2013 by The United States Department of Housing
and Urban Development estimates that 57,849 veterans are homeless on
any given night. This number is likely to increase given the amount of
veterans who are struggling with excessive economic burdens.
Veterans, especially those with disabilities including post-traumatic
stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries, are more likely to
become homeless. Often a higher percentage of veterans returning from
the current conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq demonstrate these
characteristics.

In 2009, homeless veterans were mostly male while 4 percent were
female. Today, the United States Government Accountability Office
reports that women veterans identified as homeless by the VA increased
more than 140 percent, from 1,350 in fiscal year 2006 to 3,328 in
fiscal year 2010. Women veterans are also 4 times more likely than
their male .counterparts to end up homeless. Homeless female veterans
who are single mothers have a tough time finding adequate shelter,
daycare services, and finding gainful employment. About 3,000 of
these veterans could not access shelter and one-third had some sort of
disability. These statistics are alarming and become even more
distressing when you take into account that many of these women have
children. The study and analysis would gather information on the
number of homeless veterans in New York and how many of them have
children.

Further, the study would include cases of military sexual trauma (MST)
experienced by homeless veterans while on active duty or during
military training, including a breakdown of the collected data based
upon the gender of the victim. Data from the VA reveals that when


veterans are screened for health care and asked if he or she has
experienced MST, approximately 1 in 4 women and 1 in 100 men respond
saying that they have. The amount of veterans who have experienced MST
is unknown given that this screening program reveals data relevant to
veterans who have sought out health care provided by the VA. The
outcome from this study would produce recommendations and solutions to
combat the growing problems among the men and women who have served
our country.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2013: S908 (Parker) - Veterans Affairs
2013: A7259 (Bozic) - Veterans Affairs

FISCAL IMPACT ON STATE:

To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after the bill shall
become law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 908--C

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. PARKER, ADDABBO, BRESLIN, ESPAILLAT, LATIMER, SAMP-
  SON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be  commit-
  ted  to  the  Committee  on  Veterans,  Homeland Security and Military
  Affairs -- recommitted to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security
  and Military Affairs in accordance with  Senate  Rule  6,  sec.  8  --
  committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and
  recommitted to said committee -- committee discharged,  bill  amended,
  ordered  reprinted  as  amended  and  recommitted to said committee --
  committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as  amended  and
  recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT  to amend the executive law, in relation to the performance of a
  study regarding homeless persons who are veterans in the state of  New
  York

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Section 353 of the executive law is amended by adding a new
subdivision 6-a to read as follows:
  6-A. TO CONDUCT A STUDY, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE OFFICE OF  TEMPORARY
AND  DISABILITY  ASSISTANCE, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, AND OFFICE OF CHILDREN
AND FAMILY SERVICES TO DETERMINE THE NUMBER OF HOMELESS PERSONS  IN  NEW
YORK  STATE  THAT  ARE  VETERANS.  SUCH  STUDY SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE
LIMITED TO: (A) AN ANALYSIS OF  VETERANS  IN  NEW  YORK  STATE  WHO  ARE
CURRENTLY  HOMELESS,  OR  HAVE  BEEN HOMELESS WITHIN FIVE YEARS OF BEING
RELEASED FROM ACTIVE DUTY INCLUDING AN ANALYSIS OF GENDER AS IT  RELATES
TO HOMELESSNESS OF VETERANS; (B) DATA ON THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN OF HOME-
LESS  VETERANS,  INCLUDING  THE  CURRENT PLACEMENT OF SUCH CHILDREN; (C)
CASES OF MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA EXPERIENCED BY HOMELESS  VETERANS  WHILE
ON ACTIVE DUTY OR DURING MILITARY TRAINING, INCLUDING A BREAKDOWN OF THE
COLLECTED  DATA  BASED  UPON THE GENDER OF THE VICTIM; AND (D) THE UNEM-
PLOYMENT RATE FOR NEW YORK STATE VETERANS. THE TERM "CHILDREN  OF  HOME-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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S. 908--C                           2

LESS VETERANS" SHALL MEAN A PERSON WHO IS UNMARRIED AND WHO IS UNDER THE
AGE OF EIGHTEEN YEARS, AND IS THE BIOLOGICAL OR LEGALLY ADOPTED CHILD OF
A  VETERAN.  A  WRITTEN  REPORT  OF SUCH STUDY SHALL BE DELIVERED TO THE
GOVERNOR, THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY AND THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE
SENATE  BY  JUNE  THIRTIETH,  TWO  THOUSAND FIFTEEN AND SUCH INFORMATION
REQUIRED PURSUANT TO THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL BE UPDATED EVERY TWO  YEARS.
SUCH  REPORT  SHALL  BE PUBLICLY AVAILABLE AND POSTED ON THE DIVISION OF
VETERANS AFFAIRS WEBSITE.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day  after  it  shall
have become a law.

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