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NC legislature could create committee for veterans services

State legislators are looking to create a 27-member committee to oversee veterans’ services in North Carolina.

A legislative committee reviewed the draft bill Wednesday, and it’s likely to be introduced when the General Assembly returns in January.

“There’s currently no joint oversight committee charged with dealing with those subjects,” said Ben Stanley, a staff attorney for the legislature.

It’s officially called the Task Force on Veterans, Service Members, and Their Families. Some legislators are questioning its size and makeup, suggesting that it might be too big to get work done. Five members would be appointed by the governor, three by the Senate and three by the House.

The heads of 16 state agencies, ranging from the Wildlife Resources Commission to the Department of Public Instruction, would round out the committee as non-voting members.

“The fact that you don’t have veterans designated to be on here is troublesome,” said Sen. Jeff Tarte, a Mecklenburg County Republican.

The task force would develop an annual report with recommendations on improving service for veterans.