H. R. 732
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
February 4, 2015
Mr. Ruiz (for himself, Mrs. Walorski, Ms. Norton, Mr. Cartwright, Ms. Brownley of California, Mrs. Napolitano, Mr. Jolly, Ms. Kuster, Mr. Honda, Mr. McGovern, Mr. Thompson of California, and Mr. Rangel) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the opportunity for veterans to use video conferencing for hearings before the Board of Veterans’ Appeals.
This Act may be cited as the
Veterans Access to Speedy Review Act.
Board of Veterans' Appeals video hearings
Section 7107 of title 38, United States Code, is amended—
in subsection (d), by amending paragraph (1) to read as follows:
Upon request for a hearing, the Board shall determine, for purposes of scheduling the hearing for the earliest possible date, whether a hearing before the Board will be held at its principal location or at a facility of the Department or other appropriate Federal facility located within the area served by a regional office of the Department. The Board shall also determine whether to provide a hearing through the use of the facilities and equipment described in subsection (e)(1) or by the appellant personally appearing before a Board member or panel.
The Board shall notify the appellant of the determinations of the location and type of hearing made under subparagraph (A). Upon notification, the appellant may request a different location or type of hearing as described in such subparagraph. If so requested, the Board shall grant such request and ensure that the hearing is scheduled at the earliest possible date without any undue delay or other prejudice to the appellant.
in subsection (e), by amending paragraph (2) to read as follows:
Any hearing provided through the use of the facilities and equipment described in paragraph (1) shall be conducted in the same manner as, and shall be considered the equivalent of, a personal hearing