Dems: Veterans Affairs – week of March 7, 2016

March 14, 2016

SF 2187 — Driver’s license veteran designation 

HF 2266 — Information on unclaimed remains to IDVA to identify if a veteran



SF 2187 allows the issuance of a driver’s license or non-operator’s identification card marked to reflect veteran status upon presentation of certification of release or discharge from active duty to the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT). Currently, honorably discharged veterans take a copy of their DD214 or applicable discharge document to the county or state veterans’ affairs office to have their eligibility certified, and they are given an authorization form to present to the DOT issuance station.

[3/3: 48-0 (Bertrand, Chelgren absent)]



HF 2266 provides a process by which unclaimed, cremated remains of veterans can be identified and receive a proper burial. After 180 days, funeral directors who have cremated remains that have not been claimed by a relative can release identifying information to the Iowa Department of Veteran Affairs (IDVA), which will determine if the deceased was a veteran (or dependent of a veteran) who may be eligible for inurnment at a veterans’ cemetery. If the IDVA determines that the deceased is eligible, it will notify the funeral director. If after an additional 180 days, no one has claimed the remains, the funeral director will transfer the remains to an eligible veterans’ organization that has made arrangements for inurnment. The bill also gives funeral directors, the IDVA and eligible veterans’ organizations immunity from liability related to carrying out this process. The Committee amended the bill to clarify that the language does not conflict with current law (Chapter 144C — Persons authorized to control the decedent’s remains) regarding claimed or unclaimed remains of any individual.

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