For years, the homeless veteran issue has been discussed. Low and behold, one of those liberal Democrats came up with an idea to help start fixing it. (Yes, that is a snarky comment aimed towards some of our GOP Representatives) Representative Reginald Bolding sponsored a bill to allow the drivers license or state ID fee to be waived for a homeless veteran. I am in support of this bill because without an ID of some sort an individual cannot get a job, housing or even enroll their children in school in Arizona. AND certain veteran services cannot be obtained without one either. At least legally. So, this would be a start to getting off the street and back on their feet.
As a veteran myself who has volunteered at the Arizona Standdown, I saw the critical need of getting our veterans help.
HB2575 license; nonoperating identification; homeless veterans passed the Senate Transportation Committee unanimously yesterday.
Just a reminder on how this played out in the House…
During the House Transportation Committee Representative David Cook made a point that this would be a cost of approximately 6000 dollars a year. Representative Paul Mosley suggested that this not only help veterans (which is approx. 7% of the clients that ID Project works with) but also the other 93% of their clientele. I commend Rep. Mosley for looking at the entire homeless issue. Chairman Campbell commended Rep Bolding on bringing the bill.
Representative David Cook spoke up in favor of this bill in the Republican Caucus. No other discussion in caucus.
Only 5 Representatives voted against this bill when it came to a floor vote.
Representatives Mark Finchem, Eddie Farnsworth, Travis Grantham, Anthony Kern and Kelly Townsend. There was no explanation of their votes from the floor.
If one of those 5 representatives are your elected officials, please hold them accountable. I certainly will.