A local legislator is advancing a bill to clarify which veterans killed in the line of duty can be honored by memorial signs on bridges and highways.
Delegate William Folden (R-District 3B) took House Bill 9 to the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday.
The bill, which unanimously passed the House on March 19, would update the 2015 Hero’s Highway Act to say that the honor is open to deceased members of the armed forces whose home of record was Maryland. The military considers the state in which a person enlisted as the home of record. The current law says that “residents” qualify.
The first draft of the measure limited the transportation structure dedication by excluding firefighters, law enforcement officers or other emergency responders who died in the line of duty. However, Folden said that was an oversight and it was amended to keep them eligible for the program.