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Lawmakers Back Military Pension Bill

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A Senate panel is giving preliminary backing to a bill that would exempt military pensions from the state income tax.
   A Senate subcommittee approved the legislation during a brief hearing Wednesday. It is expected to soon receive committee-level approval and move to the full Senate for a vote.
   Sen. Herman Quirmbach, a Democrat from Ames, says he is pleased to support legislation that helps veterans and may bring more military retirees to the state.
   The military pension exemption is a top priority for Republican Gov. Terry Branstad, who has made support for veterans a key part of his budget plan this year.
   According to the Branstad administration, the pension exemption would cost the state a projected $10 million in lost annual revenue.

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