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Maryland Council (MD MOAA)

 

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Last Update: Feb 2017

BREAKING NEWS:

 

Maryland Senate Bill 321 and House Bill 375 would make 50% of military retirement tax free in 2018, 75% in 2019 and 100% in 2020. SB 321 will be heard by the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee on 22 Feb at 1300. As many MOAA members as possible should try to attend this hearing. (21 Feb 2017)

 

The Maryland Council of Chapters has submitted its application for the 2017 Level of Excellence Award. See our application here. (22 Feb 2017)

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Welcome to the Web Pages of the Maryland Council of Chapters, an affiliate of the Military Officers Association of America. The Maryland Council was awarded a Five Star Level of Excellence for 2015 (as of August 2016).

 

The Maryland Council is composed of ten chapters, spread geographically across the state. Here is a list of the Chapters, with links to their individual Web Pages. All Chapters have an informational page here, and some have additional pages, as shown with additional links (Stars indicate the Level of Excellence rating earned by the Chapter for 2015 – as announced in August 2016.):

 

·         AnnapolisChapter Web Site

·         * * * * * Ft Meade

·         * * * * * Star Spangled BannerChapter Web Site (Winner of 5 Star Col Marvin J Harris Communications Award for 2016)

·         * * * * General Smallwood

·         * * * * * Montgomery CountyChapter Site at MOAA

·         Prince Georges County

·         * * * * * Southern MarylandChapter Web Site

·         SusquehannaChapter Site at MOAAChapter Web Site

·         Upper Eastern Shore

·         * * * * * Upper PotomacChapter Site at MOAA

 

Who Can Join:

 

MOAA membership is open to all current, former, and retired officers of any of the seven Uniformed Services. Visit the Why Join MOAA page at the MOAA Web Site for details on the three classes of membership, and to join.

 

Editorial Policy

 

MOAA, the Maryland Council of Chapters and the individual chapters in Maryland are non-partisan. Information on this web site relects the position of the Maryland Council of Chapters only.

 

Spouse and Surviving Spouses Newsletter

 

Attached are recent newsletters from the Spouse and Surviving Spouse Liasion Officer, Mrs Naomi Kaplan. (5 Jan 2017)

 

-          May 2016

-          Sep 2016

-          Oct 2016

-          Dec 2016

 

 

Maryland National Guard Unit of the Year

 

The 2016 winner of this award has not yet been announced. Please stand by. (5 Jan 2017)

 

 

Highlights of recent and upcoming Chapter activities

 

·         The Montgomery County Chapter has published a special Newsletter with TOPS / Transition Center information that should be of interest to all Maryland MOAA members. That newsletter is posted here, rather than on the Montgomery County page. (10 Dec 2013)

 

Legislative Priorities

 

 

Make MOAA's One Powerful Voice® heard in Maryland. It will take each MOAA member living in Maryland to make this happen. Act now to do your part!

Here is the latest information from our Legislative Liaison as of 21 Feb 2017

TESTIMONY ON SB0321

We’re one day away from testifying on SB0321 at the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee; Wednesday, February 22nd, 1:00 PM, in 3 West Miller Senate Building, 11 Bladen Street, Annapolis. Harvey Kaplan received favorable reports from our testimony last week at the House Ways and Means Committee. For this week’s testimony to go just as well, we need your help in two ways . . .

 

1) If you plan to testify on Wednesday, please let me know ahead of time that you are going to do so and the gist of your testimony. Our roadmap strategy worked last week, and we want to use it again this week. It will only work if we know you are going to speak and the basics of what you are going to say.

 

2) Please encourage the members of your organization to be in the room; they do not need to testify. The greater presence we have, the more emphasis we bring to the issue. The First Responder’s bill is also being heard on Wednesday; I am sure they will have people with them. The size of our presence, or not, will be noted.

 

If you will present written testimony, it must be delivered by 11:00 AM.

If you are going to present oral testimony, you must be registered to do so by 12:30 PM.

 

SCRIPTS FOR TELEPHONE CALLS, EMAILS/LETTERS

I have written two documents with scripts for the pending legislation; one for telephone calling, the other for email/letter.

 

Numerous valid sources recommend the telephone approach, rather than email. Why? Telephone calls and voicemails interrupt the staff members’ work. When they are receiving lots of calls on an issue, or having to listen to lots of voicemails, it drives home the point that the issue is important.

 

CORRECTIONS TO 2016 LEGISLATION

A couple of bills were passed last year that applied only to “members of the Armed Forces” rather than to “members of the US Uniformed Services.” Legislation is pending to make the necessary corrections. We are working towards changing the wording used by the Department of Legislative Services in drafting of future legislation. Harvey Kaplan recently updated the Fact Sheet on the Seven US Uniformed Services.

I am very happy to be serving you. If you have any questions, or comments, feel free to send them my way. 

Enthusiastically!

Annie 

Annie S. Brock

Legislative Liaison

Maryland Council of Chapters, MOAA

 

 

 Current Status 2017 Regular Session - For Tracking list: Veteran & Military (All Bills) - Created on: 02/02/2017 02:03 a.m.

 

 Number/ Chapter (Cross File) Total: 15

Title

Primary Sponsor

Status

Original House Committee(s) and Hearing Dates

HB0004 (SB0046)

Hunting and Fishing Licenses - Active Military, Former Prisoners of War, Recipients of the Purple Heart Award, and Disabled Veterans

Delegate Simonaire

Hearing 1/25 at 1:00 p.m.

Environment and Transportation 1/25/2017 - 1:00 p.m.

HB0012

Senatorial and Delegate Scholarships - Veterans - Eligibility and Use of Funds

Delegate Howard, S.

Hearing 2/02 at 1:00 p.m.

Ways and Means 2/2/2017 - 1:00 p.m.

HB0068

Hunting and Fishing - Complimentary Licenses - Purple Heart Recipients

Delegate Carey

Hearing 1/25 at 1:00 p.m.

Environment and Transportation 1/25/2017 - 1:00 p.m.

HB0231

Property Tax Credit - Disabled or Fallen Law Enforcement Officers and Rescue Workers - Alteration

Delegate Impallaria

Hearing 2/07 at 1:30 p.m.

Ways and Means 2/7/2017 - 1:30 p.m.

HB0238

Housing - Workforce Housing Grant Program - Mandatory Funding

Delegate Lafferty

Hearing 2/07 at 1:00 p.m.

Environment and Transportation 2/7/2017 - 1:00 p.m.

HB0375 (SB0321)

Income Tax - Subtraction Modification - Military Retirement Income

Speaker

Hearing 2/15 at 1:00 p.m.

Ways and Means 2/15/2017 - 1:00 p.m.

SB0003 (HB0544)

Income Tax - Subtraction Modification - Military Retirement Income

Senator Salling

Hearing 1/18 at 2:00 p.m.

Budget and Taxation 1/18/2017 - 2:00 p.m.

SB0010 (HB0636)

Child Custody and Visitation - Deployed Parents

Senator Cassilly

Hearing 1/24 at 1:00 p.m.

Judicial Proceedings 1/24/2017 - 1:00 p.m.

SB0013

Public Safety - State Militia

Chair, Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee

Hearing 2/02 at 1:00 p.m.

Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs 2/2/2017 - 1:00 p.m.

SB0046 (HB0004)

Hunting and Fishing Licenses - Active Military, Former Prisoners of War, Recipients of the Purple Heart Award, and Disabled Veterans

Senator Simonaire

Third Reading Passed (45-0)

Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs 1/24/2017 - 1:00 p.m.

SB0049

Landlord and Tenant - Military Personnel - Limitation on Liability for Rent

Senator Cassilly

Hearing 1/24 at 1:00 p.m.

Judicial Proceedings 1/24/2017 - 1:00 p.m.

SB0067

Income Tax - Subtraction Modification - Military Compensation

Senator Waugh

Hearing 1/18 at 2:00 p.m.

Budget and Taxation 1/18/2017 - 2:00 p.m.

SB0132

Property Tax - Exemption for Disabled Veterans - Percentage of Disability

Senator Salling

Hearing 2/01 at 2:00 p.m.

Budget and Taxation 2/1/2017 - 2:00 p.m.

SB0300

Creation of a State Debt - Charles County - Maryland Veterans Memorial Museum Land Acquisition

Senator Middleton

First Reading Budget and Taxation

Budget and Taxation

SB0321 (HB0375)

Income Tax - Subtraction Modification - Military Retirement Income

President

Hearing 2/22 at 1:00 p.m.

Budget and Taxation 2/22/2017 - 1:00 p.m.

 

 

·         From time to time, we will suggest messages we would like Maryland members to send to Annapolis on upcoming bills of interest to all of us. There are two web-based methods you can use to contact your State Legislators:

·         The Maryland Legislature maintains a Web Site that you can use to contact your Senator or Delegate. To use it, visit http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmmain.aspx?pid=legisrpage&tab=subject6, and select the legislator’s name. If the legislator accepts e-mail (I hope most of them do today), you will see a link to Contact Online. Click on that link. Enter your identifying information, and type or paste the text into the Message box.

·         The other method is to visit http://mdelect.net/. This site, run by the Maryland State Archives, allows you to enter your address (Zip+4 will do, unless district lines go through your Zip+4 area – then enter your full address), and it will tell you who your Federal and State legislators are. There are links to their web sites. Some have e-mail tools built in; others will link into Outlook, as above. (21 Jan 2013)

·         The Maryland Department of Veteran’s Affairs publishes regular updates during the legislative session showing the status of bills that may impact service members, veterans, and their families. Visit that page at http://veterans.maryland.gov/state-legislation/. (5 Mar 2016)

 

You can find information on MOAA’s national legislative priorities at the MOAA Take Action web page.

 

 

Council Officers

 

Here are the Council officers for 2016 – 2017 (as of 8 Jan 2017):

 

President

Harvey

Kaplan

COL

USA

htkaplan@verizon.net

1st Vice Pres

Bryon

Hartzog

LTC

USA

bkhartzog@gmail.com

2nd Vice Pres

Norton

Bob

COL

USA

rfcknorton@verizon.net

Treasurer

Greg

Dalke

CDR

USN

dalke@olg.com

Webmaster

James

Shiffrin

Maj

USAF

jim.shiffrin@gmail.com

Secretary

Dave

Peterson

CAPT

NOAA

kmpdhp@hotmail.com

Immed. Past Pres

Andrew

Fallon

Col

USA

fallonajf@aol.com

Transition Officer

Jim

Dittbrenner

Maj

USA

jimditt@verizon.net

Legis Liaison

Annie

Brock

CPT

USA

president@susquehannamoaa.org

Auxiliary Liaison.

Naomi

Kaplan

nomikaplan@verizon.net

Chaplain

Jim

Campbell

Capt

USAF

jim@jrcampbelljr.name

Annapolis

Andrew

Fallon

Col

USA

fallonajf@aol.com

Montgomery Co

Dave

Peterson

CAPT

NOAA

kmpdhp@hotmail.com

Ft Meade

Bryon

Hartzog

LTC

USA

bkhartzog@gmail.com

Southern MD

Phillip N.

Campbell

CDR

USN-active

navyphilip@me.com

Gen Smallwood

Mike

Rhoden

COL

USA

mmrhoden@aol.com

Prince Georges

Duane

DeVance

COL

USA

dcdevance@gmail.com

Susquehanna

Annie

Brock

CPT

USA

president@susquehannamoaa.org

Upper Eastern Shore

Jim

Adkins

MG

USN

Jamesa.adkins@comcast.net

Upper Potomac

Douglas

Reichard

COL

USA

dwreichard@comcast.net

Star Spangled

Tom

Seybold

COL

USA

tksseybold@hotmail.com

 

 

Here are the Maryland Council Bylaws, last revised in 2008.

 

The Council published a set of Goals in 2011 that are still relevant today.

 

 

Maryland Veterans Commission

 

Click here for the latest report from the Maryland Veterans Commission.

 

Council Calendar

 

The Council officers and Chapter Presidents meet quarterly. Here are the recent and upcoming dates, with links to the minutes of each, as they are available (older minutes are available here)

 

Mar 5, 2016 - Minutes

Jun 4, 2016 - Minutes

Sep 10, 2016 - Minutes

Jan 21, 2017

Mar 4, 2017

 

Council Newsletter

 

The Council publishes newsletters aperiodically:

 

Aug 2014

Jun 2014

 

Job Search

 

Looking for a new job, or know someone who is? Visit the MOAA Transition and Career Center for Career Information.

 

Veterans’ Benefits

 

MAJ Jeffery Burbank, an Army Chaplain at Fort Leavenworth and the son of Fort Meade Chapter member CW5 Larry Burbank, has prepared a list of web-sites that provide information on Veterans benefits and how to file/ask for them. There are many sites that explain how to obtain books, military/medical records, information and how to appeal a denied claim with the VA. Please pass this information on to every Veteran you know. Nearly 100% of this information is free and available for all veterans, the only catch is: you have to ask for it, because they won't tell you about a specific benefit unless you ask for it. You need to know what questions to ask so the right doors open for you and then be ready to have an advocate who is willing to work with and for you, stay in the process, and press for your rights and your best interests. (Note – the Maryland Council of Chapters has nothing to do with any of the listed sites, and is not responsible if any of them are no longer active.)

 

The consumer website MoneyGeek.com has recently published a sutdent financial aid guide for military veterans, including a list of scholarships offered to vetereans and their family members and an interactive map tool to help veterans find schools that participate in the Yellow Ribbon benefit program. The guide is available at http://www.moneygeek.com/education/college/resources/financial-aid-guide-for-veterans/. The site has other student financial resources, including a searchable scholarship database at http://www.moneygeek.com/education/scholarship-search/. Note that inclusion of these links does not imply any endorsement by MOAA or the Maryland Council of Chapters. (10 Feb 2016)

 

The Council’s new Spouse/Surviving Spouse Liaison Officer, Naiomi Kaplan, has prepared a list of Pertinent Issues for Spouses and Surviving Spouses. (29 Feb 2016)

 

 

 

Click here for more information on Council activities.

 

Please send any comments and suggestions to the Webmaster using the email address shown in the listing of Council Officers above.