STATEMENT TO

 

ASSEMBLY, No. 2098

 

with Assembly Floor Amendments

(Proposed by Assemblyman MUKHERJI)

 

ADOPTED: JUNE 27, 2016


 

      These amendments expand the definition of veteran under the bill to include any citizen and resident of this State honorably discharged or released under honorable circumstances, including medical separations and general discharges under honorable conditions, from service in any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States.

     While requiring the Commissioner of Community Affairs to consider geographic diversity when awarding vouchers under the pilot program, the amendments would establish a temporary preference and direct the commissioner to award vouchers representing at least half of the amount allocated to the pilot program to projects located within an eligible municipality, as defined in the "Urban Transit Hub Tax Credit Act," during each of the first two years of operation of the pilot program.