DAV Minnesota E-News

June 17, 2016

Legislative Update

 I want to clear up some confusion about the Military Retirees Pension Tax Exemption.
1) It DID pass.
2) It was signed into law by Gov. Dayton as part of the Supplemental Budget Bill.
2a) To be exact it was signed by Gov. Dayton June 1, 2016 at 11:04 a.m.
3) It was NOT part of the Omnibus Tax Bill that was "pocket vetoed" by Gov. Dayton
4) The pertinent wording from HF 2749, 3rd Engrossment(final) and Session Law, Chapter 189 is:
"to the extent included in federal taxable income, compensation received from a pension or other retirement pay from the federal government for service in the military, as computed under United States Code, title 10, sections 1401 to 1414, 1447 to 1455, and 12733"
 It can also be found at the top in the description of the Bill, "A bill to enact... providing an income tax subtraction for military retirement pay;"
5) Beyond reading the text of HF 2749, 3rd Engrossment(final), I have confirmed (for the second time) this information with Legislative Staff.
6) If you would like to see where I got this information from you can look at HF 2749, 3rd Engrossment, Line 259.30 thru Line 259.34. The text can be found at:

I hope this clear this up for you. I have been contacted by numerous Veterans in regards to this subject since I sent out our initial release and I understand the confusion.
If you use logic it would seem a tax exemption would be in the tax bill.... This is politics; we can't always use logic and reason.

Please forward this to all of your Veteran contacts for maximum dissemination. If you do copy and forward please leave my contact information, I am always skeptical of anything forwarded without someone putting their name behind it. Minnesota Veterans scored a HUGE victory this session and they should know about it!

Keep your eyes and ears open for updates on a possible upcoming special session….
As always please contact me with any question or concerns. I can be reached at or by calling 651-788-3186.

Trent Christian Dilks
DAV of Minnesota
Legislative Chair
Ph: 320-255-6480 ext 6676

LAST CALL! Order your tickets no later than June 23 for the DAV Day at Target Field! Sunday July 17 vs. Cleveland Indians,  details can be found on our website.
Attention Chapter Leaders,
There will be NO training on June 18 as tentatively communicated.  Once the HQ staff returns from Military Training at the end of June, we will look at rescheduling the training. 

Trolling for Troops 

The 6th Annual Trolling for the Troops is now in the books and let me tell you, it was another amazing year! This is an excellent event which sets Veterans and current Service Members up with a professional fisherman for a day of adventure on the water.

This year more Veterans and Service Members along with the professional anglers participated then in any past year. I had the honor of representing the DAV of MN at this event. As one of the largest outdoor events we participate in along with the other service organizations, Camp Ripley staff, sponsors and supporters this event sets the standard for outdoor events. I would like to thank all of the people so involved with making this event a huge success each year.

Trolling for Troops Continued 

June 20 - 24, 2016- DAV MN Prairie Dog Hunt

July 6 - 10, 2016 - Boundary Waters Trip 

July 14, 2016 - DAV Chapter 39 Golf Tournament

August 8 - 12, 2016 - Rainy Lake Houseboat

October 1, 2016 - DAV Chapter 15 Pheasant Hunt

October 4-6, 2016- Disabled Veteran Deer Hunt 

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