HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
TWENTY-SIXTH LEGISLATURE, 2012
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO VETERANS.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. Section 363-5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
"§363-5 Councils' responsibility;
burial of [
servicemen,] service members, veterans, and
dependents. (a) The councils of the counties of Hawaii, Kauai, and
Maui shall each provide for the establishment of the veterans cemetery or
cemeteries to be located within their respective counties, which includes
grading, filling, leveling, platting, paving of roadways and walks,
installation of curbs, building of fences, planting of grass, trees and shrubs,
erection of memorial buildings and monuments, and building of other necessary
or convenient structures, and shall make provisions for the maintenance and
upkeep of [ such] the cemetery or cemeteries. The councils shall
each provide for the interment of the remains[ ,] of:
residents or former residents of their
respective counties] Service members who died while in the armed
forces of the United States[ , and];
of honorably discharged veterans of
the armed forces of the United States with either peacetime or wartime service
and who are residents of their respective counties at the time of death, or who
were former residents, and] Eligible veterans who entered military
service after September 7, 1980, as an enlisted person, or after October 16,
1980, as an officer, and served a minimum of twenty-four continuous months or
the full period for which the person was called to active duty, as in the case
of a reservist;
of the widows, widowers, or minor children of
such deceased servicemen or veterans, and] Eligible veterans who were
discharged under conditions other than dishonorable of the armed forces of the
United States with either peacetime or wartime service; and
of the] The wife, husband, [ or]
minor children,or unmarried disabled adult children, who predecease a [ serviceman]
service member or veteran who would be [ himself] entitled to
interment, [ provided that he must subscribe to a statement that he
himself will be so] are eligible to be interred in [ the same]
any state veterans cemetery[ ; and provided further that as to former
The cost of transportation of the remains to the county of interment shall be borne by the family or estate of the deceased.
(b) The determination of eligibility for burial within any state veterans' cemetery shall be in accordance with current Veterans Affairs and National Cemeteries Administration Regulations."
SECTION 2. Section 363-7, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is repealed.
§363-7 Burial of nonresident
servicemen and dependents. Any law to the contrary notwithstanding
the remains of nonresident servicemen or nonresident honorably discharged
veterans of the armed forces of the United States, and the remains of the
widows, widowers, or minor children of the deceased servicemen or veterans, or
the remains of the wives, husbands, or minor children who predecease the
servicemen or veterans, may, at the discretion of the legislative bodies of the
respective counties, be interred in the cemetery or cemeteries as established
SECTION 3. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect upon its approval; provided that on June 30, 2015, this Act shall be repealed and section 363-5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, shall be reenacted in the form in which it read on the day prior to the effective date of this Act.
Armed Services; Veterans; Burial
Removes the residency requirements for the burial of members of the armed services and their dependents in veterans cemeteries. Establishes criteria consistent with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs eligibility requirements for burial in a national cemetery. Repealed June 30, 2015. (HB1974 HD2)
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