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Danbury Rep. Harding Endorses Bills To Create Opportunities for Veterans

State Rep. Stephen Harding co-sponsored two proposals to help veterans in Connecticut.
State Rep. Stephen Harding co-sponsored two proposals to help veterans in Connecticut. Photo Credit: File

DANBURY, Conn. — Veterans in Connecticut seeking entrepreneurial and educational opportunities will benefit from two bills passed this week by the House of Representatives.

State Rep. Stephen Harding of the 107th District, who co-sponsored both proposals, commended the bills for the support they will provide to the men and women who dedicated their time, effort and safety to their country.

“Veterans deserve to receive the same service which they have already provided to us so bravely,” Harding said. “That’s why I supported these initiatives so strongly on the House floor.”

H.B. 6375, passed May 6, establishes a veterans-to-agriculture program that accommodates military retirees at every experience level of agricultural production, including those who have never engaged in the field. Guidance, education and training for farming and agricultural operations would be provided by the state’s agriculture department in collaboration with the departments of Veterans’ Affairs and Labor. The bill also provides tax incentives to former military personnel who launch a new agricultural production business, or who become involved in agribusiness."

“I hope this bill sees action in the state Senate, and that our colleagues will see the positive prospects that this legislation creates,” Harding said.

S.B. 694 was passed Wednesday and would create a statewide study to evaluate and assess the success of Operation Academic Support for Incoming Service Members.

The study would identify successful programs and units of expertise and apply them to the curricula of Connecticut’s public colleges, further improving Connecticut veterans’ college education experiences. The state Senate in mid-April passed the bill unanimously. It now heads to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.

Harding represents Danbury, Bethel and Brookfield.

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