Military and Veterans State Legislation Database


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The National Conference of State Legislatures works to bring you updated information on bills that have been introduced in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, related to military and veterans issues.

There are currently 1.2 million people serving in the armed forces, more than 20 million veterans and hundreds of military installations in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. The military operations of the United States touch every state in some way, and state legislatures are playing an important role in military issues.

Database Notes

You can search legislation for each year from 2010-2021 by state, topic, keyword, year, status and primary sponsor. To access information regarding initiatives and other ballot measures referred to voters on military and veterans issues, please review the Ballot Measures Database

Bill information for the current year is updated each Tuesday. New measures are added as they are introduced or identified by NCSL staff.

Bills may appear twice in carry over states. In these states, please check the last date of action to ensure the status of the bill reflects the appropriate year.

Searchable Database

For faster performance, please use the fields below to filter your results. If you select nothing, the default search will pick up all topics and states in the most recent session year available. The full text of bills is available by clicking on the bill number. This feature is available for bills from 2015 and later.

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Access to Benefits

Legislation to help veterans access a variety of state and federal benefits.

Active Duty Discounts and Benefits

Legislation providing a discount or benefit to active duty service members. Includes hunting/fishing licenses, vehicle registration, Service Member Civil Relief Acts, etc.

Base Realignment and Closure

Legislation related to the federal process of military base realignment and closure.


Legislation providing education benefits for military service members, veterans and dependents. Includes tuition assistance and student services.

Elections and Overseas Voting

Legislation related to elections and overseas voting for active duty service members.

Employment and Occupational Licensing

Legislation related to hiring, employment protections and occupational licensing for active duty service members and veterans.

Energy Development

Legislation related to energy development around military bases and U.S. Department of Defense renewable energy goals.


Legislation related to health care and benefits for veterans. 

Housing and Homelessness

Legislation related to housing for active duty service members, veterans and their families. Includes home loans, adapted housing for disabled veterans, rental protections, homeless veterans, etc.

Insurance and Death Benefits

Legislation related to life insurance and death and survivor benefits of a spouse.

Mental Health and Reintegration Issues

Legislation related to military personnel’s return from active duty, counseling, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress, veteran treatment courts, etc. 

Military Spouse and Family

Legislation related to employment of spouses of active duty service members. Includes unemployment benefits, occupational licensing, etc.

Mission Sustainability

Legislation intended to sustain the presence of military bases in a state. May involve land use adjacent to a base, communication between state/local government and the military, etc. 

National Guard

Legislation related to National Guard and Reserve members. Includes facilities and benefits.

Tax Credits/Exemptions

Legislation providing a tax credit or exemption for military service members, veterans or military families. Includes income tax, property tax and other miscellaneous taxes.