ANNAPOLIS, Md. (March 15, 2012) – Today, in response to unanimous passage by the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates of legislation (SB 276/HB 358), introduced by Senator James N. Mathias, Jr. (District 38) and Delegate Norman H. Conway (District 38B), that allows notation of ‘veteran’ status on drivers’ licenses and identification cards, Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown issued the following statement:
“I applaud the Maryland General Assembly for their unanimous support of this important step forward for Maryland’s Veterans. Creating a 'Veteran' status on Maryland drivers' licenses is a simple way to help us connect Veterans to numerous State programs and initiatives by better identifying those who are eligible. It will also make it easier for Veterans to identify themselves when accessing the various benefits, discounts and services they have earned. I would like to thank Senator Mathias and Delegate Conway for their leadership on this effort to help us better serve those who have bravely served our country."
The bill passed the Maryland Senate today by a vote of 46-0 and the House of Delegates by a vote of 136-0 on March 8th. Lt. Governor Brown testified in favor of the bill before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee last month. Creating a ‘veteran’ status on Maryland drivers’ licenses was also a recommendation made last year by the Veterans Behavioral Health Advisory Board, which was chaired by the Lt. Governor.
Lt. Governor Brown, a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves and the nation’s highest-ranking elected official to have served a tour of duty in Iraq, leads the O’Malley-Brown Administration’s efforts to provide veterans with better services and resources. Since taking office in 2007, Lt. Governor Brown has championed successful efforts to pass the Veterans Behavioral Health Act, protect veterans’ business loans programs and fully fund the Iraq and Afghanistan Scholarship Program. Last year, the Lt. Governor launched the Mil2FedsJobs web portal, located on the Maryland Workforce Exchange (MWEjobs.maryland.gov), the first of its kind in any state to directly match transitioning service members with careers in the Federal Government.