For Immediate Release
AUGUSTA - Three bills cosponsored by State Representative Jonathan Kinney (R-Limington) will become law this summer after the adjournment of the Maine Legislature's 2014 session.
The first bill, LD 1632, would ask the federal government to recognize the environmental hazards that harmed members of the Maine National Guard at the Gagetown, New Brunswick military training center. If successful, the measure would allow veterans to seek benefits for disabilities caused by the hazardous environment at the 5th Canadian Division Support Base.
"The Canadian government has already compensated its veterans who have been affected by these environmental hazards," said Rep. Kinney. "It's about time we do the same for our vets."
Another bill, LD 1653, introduced by Senator Garrett Mason of Androscoggin County will designate the museum operated by the Maine Military Historical Society, the Maine Armed Forces Museum in Augusta, as the official state military history museum.
Finally, LD 1655 gives the Maine National Guard more flexibility in undergoing capital repair projects for its various facilities throughout the state.
All three bills have been signed by Governor Paul LePage and are expected to take effect on July 30, or 90 days after the Legislature's expected May 1 adjournment.
"One of the reasons why I ran for office is because I felt Maine veterans and service members needed a stronger voice in Augusta," said Rep. Kinney, who represents Baldwin, Cornish, Denmark, Limington, and Sebago. "These bills go a long way toward supporting the troops right here in Maine. I'd like to thank my colleagues in the Legislature for supporting this legislation and Gov. LePage for signing them into law."
Rep. Kinney serves on the Legislature's Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee. He served 24 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, retiring as a Senior Chief Petty Officer. He earned the Meritorious Service Medal and 11 other decorations, and now owns and operates two small businesses.
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