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Legislation aimed to help military members and families enacted into law

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Governor Tate Reeves has signed three bills into law that aim to reduce financial burdens for military service members and their families.

On Monday, Reeves gave his approval of Senate Bill 2649, Senate Bill 2700, and House Bill 49, expressing his support of all service members located across the state.

“Our nation is a beacon of freedom and democracy thanks to the heroic courage and sacrifice of our military service members and their families. For that, all of Mississippi is grateful,” said Reeves. “My administration will always be committed to supporting our military service members and their families, and that’s why I was proud to sign these three important pieces of legislation.”

Out of the three bills, SB 2649 makes it easier for beneficiaries of life insurance policies where the insured is a member or veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces — including the National Guard or Reserves — to receive benefits.

SB 2700 exempts qualified homeowners whose spouse served in the United States Armed Forces and was killed or died on active duty, including in training, from property taxes on their primary residence.

HB 49 reduces the number of steps needed for the children of active-duty service members who were born in Mississippi to obtain a resident lifetime sportsman hunting and fishing license. The bill eliminates the 18 consecutive month residency requirement for the lifetime sportsman hunting and fishing license and reduces the licensing fee by over 33%.

All three pieces of legislation were passed out of both chambers without a single nay vote.

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