Maine LD 378: An Act To Facilitate the Issuance of a Gravestone for a Deceased Veteran with No Next of Kin

LD 378 (subjects: VETERANS , HONORING )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=378&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text & Amendments | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Sen. Justin Alfond of Cumberland: (D – District 27) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook

8 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
2/12/2015 Senate Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS
suggested and ordered printed
On motion by Senator Cyrway of Kennebec REFERRED to the Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
2/12/2015 House Bill REFERRED to the Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS.
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
5/28/2015 Senate Report READ and ACCEPTED.
READ ONCE.

Committee Amendment “A” (S-126) READ and ADOPTED.

Under suspension of the Rules, READ A SECOND TIME and PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY Committee Amendment “A” (S-126) .

Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
5/29/2015 House CONSENT CALENDAR – FIRST DAY
Under suspension of the rules
CONSENT CALENDAR – SECOND DAY.
The Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (S-126).
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/1/2015 House PASSED TO BE ENACTED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/3/2015 Senate PASSED TO BE ENACTED, in concurrence.
6/16/2015 Senate LD 378 In Senate, June 16, 2015, this Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question: “Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?” 35 in Favor and 0 Against , accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill become law and the VETO was OVERRIDDEN.
6/16/2015 House This Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same pursuant to Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the House proceeded to vote on the question: “Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?”
ROLL CALL NO. 267V
149 having voted in the affirmative and 0 in the negative, with 2 being absent, and accordingly it was the vote of the House that the Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor, since two-thirds of the members of the House so voted.
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.

Bill Text & Amendments

Important Note: The bill text below presents L.D. 378 as originally introduced. L.D. 378 was changed by the legislature through amendment. To understand the impact of this legislation in proper context, be sure to read adopted amendment text, available here: C-A (S-126) .

An Act To Facilitate the Issuance of a Gravestone for a Deceased Veteran with No Next of Kin

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 22 MRSA 2843-A, sub- 1, D, as amended by PL 2009, c. 159, 1, is further amended to read:

D. “Next of kin” means a person having the following relationship to the subject, in the following order of priority:

(1) The spouse;

(1-A) A domestic partner. For purposes of this section, “domestic partner” means the partner of the subject who:

(a) Is a mentally competent adult;

(b) Had been legally domiciled with the subject for at least 12 months immediately preceding the death of the subject;

(c) Is not legally married to or legally separated from another individual;

(d) Was the sole partner of the subject; and

(e) Was jointly responsible with the subject for each other’s common welfare as evidenced by joint living arrangements, joint financial arrangements or joint ownership of real or personal property;

(2) An adult son or daughter;

(3) A parent;

(4) An adult brother or sister;

(5) An adult grandchild;

(6) An adult niece or nephew who is the child of a brother or sister;

(7) A maternal grandparent;

(8) A paternal grandparent;

(9) An adult aunt or uncle;

(10) An adult first cousin; or

(11) Any other adult relative in descending order of blood relationship . ; or

(12) If the subject is a veteran and has no known living spouse or adult relative, the Adjutant General. For purposes of this paragraph, “veteran” has the same meaning as in section 2900, subsection 1, paragraph B.

Sec. 2. 22 MRSA 2900, sub- 3, as enacted by PL 2011, c. 318, 1, is amended to read:

3. Sharing information. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a funeral director , the Adjutant General or other authorized person under subsection 2 may share information concerning cremated remains in the funeral director’s or other authorized person’s possession with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, the Adjutant General, a veterans’ service organization or a national cemetery to determine whether the cremated remains are those of a veteran.

Sec. 3. 37-B MRSA 515 is enacted to read:

515. Adjutant General as next of kin

If the Adjutant General is next of kin to a veteran under Title 22, section 2843-A, the Adjutant General shall ensure that the veteran receives all benefits to which the veteran is entitled, including a grave marker or other death benefit from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

summary

This bill makes the Adjutant General the next of kin to a deceased veteran who has no known living spouse or adult relatives and directs the Adjutant General to ensure the veteran receives all death benefits, including a grave marker from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

Patterns of Support

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