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Bill Easing Entry for Military to Patriotic Clubs Passes House

HB 50 lets young men and women in the armed forces enter patriotic clubs

Thursday, April 05, 2012, Juneau, Alaska – The Alaska House today unanimously passed legislation to make it easier for young men and women serving in the armed services in Alaska to access certain clubhouses of service and patriotic organizations.

House Bill 50, by Rep. Dan Saddler, would eliminate vague restrictions in current statute for active-duty military personnel and their spouses who are over the age of 21. It would also allow soldiers under 21, and their spouses, with appropriate identification, to visit a patriotic club’s licensed premises. This bill does not permit underage soldiers to consume alcohol.

“The young men and women in the armed forces in Alaska face special challenges,” Saddler, R-JBER/Eagle River, said. “Patriotic clubs, such as those operated by the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, and others, are places to relax with buddies and enjoy the special understanding and support from others who have ‘been there’. HB 50 makes it easier for service men and women to visit such clubs”

HB 50 now moves to the Alaska Senate for consideration.

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