A Utah House committee gave the nod Wednesday to legislation that reorganizes the Department of Veterans Affairs, giving it responsibility for forging relationships with military installations like Hill Air Force Base.
The House Public Utilities and Technology Committee unanimously endorsed HB395, which is sponsored by Rep. Greg Hughes, R-Draper.
The bill was sought by Gov. Gary Herbert, who in December asked longtime Veterans Affairs Executive Director Terry Schow to retire. He also announced appointment of his presumed replacement, Gary Harter, a retired Army colonel who has worked in state economic development. Harter is now working as an adviser on veterans and military services.