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H.R. 2227: Gold Star Spouses and Spouses of Injured Servicemembers Leasing Relief Expansion Act of 2019

The text of the bill below is as of Apr 10, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2227

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 10, 2019

(for herself, Mr. Wenstrup, Ms. Brownley of California, Miss González-Colón of Puerto Rico, Mr. Crow, Mr. Golden, Mr. Cisneros, and Mr. Pappas) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs

A BILL

To amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to authorize spouses of servicemembers who incur a catastrophic injury or illness or die while in military service to terminate leases of premises and motor vehicles, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Gold Star Spouses and Spouses of Injured Servicemembers Leasing Relief Expansion Act of 2019.

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Termination of leases of premises and motor vehicles of servicemembers who incur catastrophic injury or illness or die while in military service

(a)

Catastrophic injuries and illnesses

Subsection (a) of section 305 of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (50 U.S.C. 3955), as amended by section 301 of the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018 (Public Law 115–407), is further amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(4)

Catastrophic injury or illness of lessee

The spouse of the lessee on a lease described in subsection (b) may terminate the lease during the one-year period beginning on the date on which the lessee incurs a catastrophic injury or illness (as that term is defined in section 439(g) of title 37, United States Code), if the lessee incurs the catastrophic injury or illness during a period of military service or while performing full-time National Guard duty, active Guard and Reserve duty, or inactive-duty training (as such terms are defined in section 101(d) of title 10, United States Code).

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(b)

Deaths

Paragraph (3) of such subsection is amended by striking in subsection (b)(1) and inserting in subsection (b).