Montgomery, Ala. – On Thursday afternoon, the Alabama Senate passed Senate Bill 150, as part of “Military Appreciation Day” at the Statehouse and State Capitol. The legislation, sponsored by Senator Greg Albritton (R-Range), provides an income tax check-off for the Alabama State Veterans Cemetery in Spanish Fort.
If signed into law by Governor Kay Ivey, the proposal will allow Alabamians the opportunity to have a portion of their income taxes support the Veterans Cemetery, according to Sen. Albritton, a Naval veteran. Citizens can make the designation on their income tax returns.
“We owe an enormous debt to Alabama veterans that can never be adequately repaid. This bill allows Alabamians to say ‘thank you’ to the men and women who have served their country,” Albritton said. “I want to thank my colleagues in the Senate for their support of this bill, as well as the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs.”
The Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery, located in Spanish Fort in Baldwin County, sits on over 120 acres of land. The cemetery was dedicated in December 2012 and began interments in April 2013. The initial phase of the cemetery is 22.8 acres and has 2,776 burial sites (2,392 in-ground).
The cemetery provides services for U.S. veterans discharged under conditions other than dishonorable, their spouses and dependent children.
Senate Bill 150 now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.
Senator Greg Albritton represents Senate District 22, which is comprised of all or parts of Choctaw, Clarke, Washington, Monroe, Mobile, Conecuh, Escambia, and Baldwin counties, in the Alabama Senate. You may reach him at [email protected] or at (334) 242-7843.