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House Bill (H)

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Military family relief fund. Requires an employee of the Indiana department of veterans' affairs (department) who is otherwise eligible to receive assistance from the military family relief fund (MFRF) to submit the employee's application directly to the Indiana veterans' affairs commission (commission). Requires the commission and the department to give timely responses to applications for assistance from the MFRF. Caps the amount of monetary assistance a qualified service member may receive from the MFRF at $2,500, unless approved by the commission. Establishes the determination and analysis process the commission may use for applications requesting in excess of the $2,500 threshold. Military family relief fund. Requires an employee of the Indiana department of veterans' affairs (department) who is otherwise eligible to receive assistance from the military family relief fund (MFRF) to submit the employee's application directly to the Indiana veterans' affairs commission (commission). Requires the commission and the department to give timely responses to applications for assistance from the MFRF. Caps the amount of monetary assistance a qualified service member may receive from the MFRF at $2,500, unless approved by the commission. Establishes the determination and analysis process the commission may use for applications requesting in excess of the $2,500 threshold. Provides that the administrative orders and procedures act procedures do not apply to actions of the department of veterans' affairs and the Indiana veterans' affairs commission. Voids the rule of the Indiana Administrative Code that requires the department of veterans' affairs to give notice of the denial for short term financial assistance in a manner consistent with the notice provisions established in the administrative orders and procedure act. Voids the rule of the Indiana Administrative Code that requires all appeals concerning decisions of the department of veterans' affairs regarding financial assistance from the military family relief fund to be conducted in accordance with the provisions of the administrative orders and procedures act. ... View more