Senate Committee Approves Two Tomlinson Bills to Aid Veterans

HARRISBURG—The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee gave its unanimous approval to two bills sponsored by Sen. Robert “Tommy” Tomlinson (R- 6) that will honor fallen veterans and support veteran-owned small-businesses.

The first bill, Senate Bill 264, will provide for honor guard burial details at Washington Crossing National Cemetery.  Presently, Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Lebanon County and National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Washington County are authorized.  Senator Tomlinson’s bill will expand the authority of the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to provide this honor and burial allowance to veterans buried at Washington Crossing.

The second bill, Senate Bill 623, would require the Department of General Services to set an annual contracting goal of not less than 5 percent for contracts of small businesses owned by veterans. Under the bill, the Department of General Services would provide staff and training to help veteran-owned small businesses learn how to apply for state contracts.  The department would also compile and make available lists of veteran-owned small business to encourage procurement.

In addressing the committee today, Tomlinson said, “While our men and women in uniform were serving our country, their competitors were able to continue working and sustain their businesses.  This bill will encourage state agencies to give our veteran-owned small businesses fair consideration and an opportunity to grow their businesses.”

The Chairman of the Senate Committee, Sen. Lisa Baker (R- 20), applauded Tomlinson’s consistent advocacy of veterans’ issues.

“When the government buys a product or service, veterans who have made such an extraordinary sacrifice in defense of our government should be given every opportunity to match their offerings to our needs,” Baker said. “I salute Senator Tomlinson for remaining a powerful voice for veterans, their families and their employees.”


Fran Cleaver
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