The 126th Legislature finished its work a couple months ago, and I’m proud of what we accomplished. My first term was a great experience, from serving on the State and Local Government Committee to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle on issues important to Maine. I’m looking forward to seeing what great things will be accomplished next year in the 127th Legislature.

While some of the bills we passed went into effect months ago, others went into effect 90 days after adjournment — which was Friday, Aug. 1.

One of those new laws, which I co-sponsored, ensures that Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have access to a property tax exemption that veterans of earlier conflicts already receive. Our service members deserve our support, no matter when or where they served.

Veterans can take advantage of the exemption as they turn 62 or if they are totally service-connected disabled. They are able to deduct $6,000 of property value from property tax assessments with the exemption.

While Iraq and Afghanistan veterans already are eligible for the exemption, many veterans or town assessors might assume that Iraq or Afghanistan veterans are not eligible because of a lack of clarity in the law.

Our veterans shouldn’t have to jump through hoops to find out if they can receive their earned benefits. They should be able to access their well-deserved tax exemptions quickly and easily.

I’m proud to have supported this measure that will make a difference for Maine veterans. This new law is an example of the many great things we accomplish when we work together and put Mainers first.

Rep. Catherine Nadeau

D-Winslow

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