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Military Spouse Residency Relief Act – hearings!

April 16, 2009

Celebrate!  The bill has made it into the Senate!!  There are Senate  hearings scheduled for the MSRRA on April 29th. Unfortunately, they are NOT open to the public (yeah I know, I’d love to be there, to support the other spouses who are trying to get this passed)  But there is a way to support the bill and get your voice heard. Facebook!  There is a page for the MSRRA on Facebook.  Here it is.   Post your reason for your support of the MSRRA.

And I looked through our other posts, and realized that we hadn’t written anything about the MSRRA before (or I can’t find it, which is altogether possible) So – a brief overview in case this is new to you.  When we PCS, the service member keeps the state residency that he chose, but the spouse does not.  It means that spouses have to change their drivers license, those with professions that call for licensure will have to sit another exam/get new licenses (that costs $$!), and the property like cars, motorcycles etc – you need to decide whether to put it all in the service member’s name because of taxes?  And where do we vote?  The State you choose?  The State you were just in and know most about?  The State you are in now?  The MSRRA’s purpose is (from the Facebook site)

“Military Spouses Residency Relief Act, would amend the Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act to allow spouses the same provisions as their service members w/regards to declaring a home of record.”

For those who like to track things, and who want to figure out if their Rep or Senator is a co sponsor or supporter, there’s a place for that too.  For the House and For the Senate .  Phone calls (even if they are in recess right now) are still a great way to contact your elected representative, as are E-mails.  If you have more than one rep/senator – where you are now, where you came from, where you want to claim – call them!

This is an important step, a completely non partisan bill that will be of great benefit to every military family.  Lets get the word out to all our military friends, to our family members as well,  lets make sure our voices are heard on the Hill.

LAW

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. The Army Wife permalink
    April 16, 2009 1:40 pm

    I am hoping that this get’s passed. It’s such a pain in the ass having to transfer everything over here, and I’ve only had to do it once! I can’t imagine having to do it multiple times. I came from a state that doesn’t have state taxes (Washington), so paying so much in taxes here is just so crazy to me. Of course, hubs still get’s to claim Washington and I don’t! It was a sad day when I had to turn in my WA drivers license!

    But the little things aside (I really can live with a different drivers license than my home state!) it truely would make things so much easier, if not at tax time alone. I have to do two seperate versions basically every year: one for the hubs and one for me. Grr.

  2. April 16, 2009 5:29 pm

    You know I love to call my elected officials!
    This seems like such a big fat “Duh!” and hopefully if enough voices are heard, this will move forward swiftly…or relatively swiftly…it is sausage making after all.

  3. April 16, 2009 7:28 pm

    Thanks for the reminder on this! I’d gotten excited when I first heard about the bill, then lost track.

  4. April 17, 2009 2:25 am

    Thanks for the info LAW.

    BTW we need you on Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/mymilitarylife

  5. April 17, 2009 2:53 am

    Thanks for posting the info! This would definitely bring some much needed relief…as if there weren’t enough to figure out when trying to relocate and taxes are quite the headache too!

  6. FOW permalink
    April 17, 2009 3:20 pm

    How great would this be! It’s about time…thanks for the info!

  7. snarkynavywife permalink*
    April 17, 2009 9:10 pm

    Thank goodness we’re getting closer with this. Really, it is ridiculous that the soldiers’ and sailors’ relief act didn’t include the same protections for their spouses. Our first year married, we moved three times. As if moving isn’t challenging enough, between giving up friends (assuming you were there long enough to make any), job (assuming you were there long enough to find one), and familiar surroundings, there’s all the pain of setting up residency in a new location. And taxes! Egads.

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