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Lake Elsinore Assemblywoman Proposes Allowing More Military Personnel To Postpone Paying Bills

Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez said servicemen and women should be able to serve without worrying about financial burdens at home.

Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore) introduced her first bill to the California State Legislature Thursday, her staff announced.

If passed, AB 526 titled by Melendez as the California Military Families Financial Relief Act of 2013 would amend existing laws by allowing any member of the National Guard or any reservists called to active duty to defer payments—without interest—on a mortgage, credit card, car loans, property taxes and other financial obligations. The bill would also give an additional 90 days of deferral on financial obligations prior to the report date of active duty.

Current law only provides financial protections for military reservists deployed in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom or Enduring Freedom, according to Melendez, who served in the Navy and whose husband is a Navy veteran who has previously been recalled to active duty.

“As tensions strain around the globe and our country relies on our National Guard and Reserves to augment active duty military, their service is no longer required only in two countries; their service is required around the globe for dozens of operations and exercises,” Melendez explained. “Our servicemen and women deserve every opportunity to be able to serve with distinction without worrying about the burdens they may leave at home because of their willingness to serve.”

Melendez represents the 67th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake, Murrieta, Menifee, Wildomar and a portion of Hemet. It also includes the Riverside County unincorporated areas of Lake Mathews, Good Hope, Nuevo, and Winchester. She was elected to office in November. She previously served one term on the Lake Elsinore City Council after being elected there in 2008.

Arthur Spooner February 23, 2013 at 04:55 AM
This is a great idea!
Reverend Smith February 23, 2013 at 07:19 AM
More financial incentive to join the military. We truly have a mercenary force that's about to become more so. And since she's probably taken the 'no new taxes' pledge, she takes from the poor civilians to give to the poor military personnel. Since military spending is the sacred cow, everybody's supposed to be happy.
Roberto February 23, 2013 at 02:35 PM
I too believe Malicious Melendez should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law just like they did a previous councilmember, it won't happen in Rail road County. As far as the American Military goes, They altredy have the ability to forestall bills and work them into payments like any other honest person, almost all creditors will ork ith you. What needs to occur instead is, a subsidy to military families specifically for bill not offset by employer benefits if they are reservist for example based on income and need based on living expenses. It really easy to find ways to spend other peoples money but in this case, supporting the military is a national obligation ignored by the Federal Givernment for to long.
L.K. RES February 23, 2013 at 02:35 PM
what do you mean "health concerns about the cancer causing mining operations" ??
aristotle February 23, 2013 at 02:48 PM
If passed, it seems that when you "volunteer" for the national guard, you can avoid your financial "obligations". We'll have hundreds of thousands joining just to avoid their debts. We want to do everything to help our troops other that paying them adequately and giving them lifetime health insurance....both, of course, would require a tax increase. Instead, the Assemblyperson wants to have the lenders of America bite the bullet and pay the public debt. Isn't that a tax? Shameful!
lovemycountry February 23, 2013 at 02:58 PM
What a another wonderful way to support more of our men and women called away for active duty!
Axel Zanelli February 23, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Thank you for standing up for our patriots and their families who endure many hardships during and after their deployments all over the world. I wonder what branch of the military Lake Elsinore resident served in?
Alek J Hidell February 23, 2013 at 03:04 PM
About as dumb an idea as i can think of... We need to get this idiot out of office..waving the flag and "supporting the troops" with an impossible dream...she has bigger fish to fry right here here's an even BETTER idea: bring the troops home, put them on our southern border, we are being invaded by criminals. Screw Afghanistan.
DDMH February 23, 2013 at 04:31 PM
Isn't her husband in the military too?
Tina B February 23, 2013 at 04:46 PM
It's a rediculous idea!! Seriously, when they are called to active duty and sent away, they get what's called hazard pay, and are required to have power of Attorneys in place so their financial responsibilities are handled by a family member or spouse. The military requires them to be upstanding citizens. Now you want to put them in the bucket with those that have to live in the world of playing catch up with their bills when they get back. Ohh, that's really gonna take the pressure off of them. And what happens when the rent doesn't get paid to the unsuspecting landlord who needs their mortgage paid on the house they rented to military? You'll create an unfriendly rental situation for our military. I wouldn't rent to them knowing they wouldn't have to pay me while the family stayed behind and not paid rent. They wont get credit easily for the same reason or they'll be charged a higher rate because of it.
Chris Hyland February 23, 2013 at 05:09 PM
Want to read something interesting. Scroll down to January 30, 2013 article titled INVESTIGATION: "Allegations Arise that Some Domestic Violence Cases Take Backseat in Riverside County" It appears the DA's staff have many issues with his leadership and domestical violence is no the only cases to take a backseat. Could one of them also be catering to elected officials when they are done something illegal????????? and shredded.
One Voice February 23, 2013 at 05:50 PM
Sorry LER she is looking out for PEOPLE, our military is very important to us and they don't get what they deserve in all that they sacrifice for our freedom. You have issue with Melissa and always have, apparently those that prosecute don't seem to have any reason to do so for her home purchase, you need to get past that.
Teddi Curtis February 23, 2013 at 08:09 PM
I agree about 'screwing Afghanistan,' but it's un-Constitutional to deploy US troops in the US. The National Guard can be 'deployed.' They are our 'well regulated militia' of today. I'm all for raising the pay of our National Guard because they will be spending their money here at home, improving our economy unlike the deployed military who spend their money where they are stationed in those 800-900 US military bases around the world... excluding the combat areas, where there's not much to purchase.
Anthony February 23, 2013 at 09:19 PM
This is a noble idea with great potential to help the folks who sign up to potentially put themselves in harms way to protect our freedoms. All you brow beaters and haters seem so uneducated with your comments. I understand that our country and especially our state here in CA is and has been in economic trouble for awhile which has caused many people to become desperate. But that is no reason to be so negative with your views. Accept the greater good and move on....> Rest assured that corruption is slowly being weeded out of our system. Let's all use common sense and continue to fight the good fight.
Dennis Michael Hainey February 23, 2013 at 10:35 PM
Tina do you have any idea how much the troops get for hazard duty pay. Let me give you an example. When I served in Viet Nam I received $65.00 a month in hazard duty pay. Which meant that my life was only worth $65.00 a month. Aint THAT a bitch???
Arthur Spooner February 23, 2013 at 11:48 PM
Anthony said the corruption is slowly being weeded out of the system! Where do you get that from? Obama was just inaugerated a few weeks ago! Its Corruption part 2
Steve February 24, 2013 at 02:20 AM
Really? This is the best we have to offer? It's like watching an episode of Family Guy.
tom February 24, 2013 at 02:18 PM
The constitution would allow our troops to defend our borders from invasion. Anything for our troops. Maybe we should defer their taxes.
SA February 25, 2013 at 06:06 PM
Although I am a vet I do not agree with this as all living expenses aside from groceries can be paid via allotments, online payments and/or direct withdrawal bank payment.
sylvia monaco March 19, 2013 at 08:24 PM
I have read through all the remarks and I am in favor of what Assemblywoman Melendez is asking; however, one person pointed out that the mortgage company would not be paid. I am ok with that. But what happens when a military family is renting? That is an area I think needs to be addressed. I think the Assemblywoman is trying to a good job!

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