Gov't seeks legislation protecting service members

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Posted: Sep 21, 2011 4:42 PM
Gov't seeks legislation protecting service members

The Justice Department is requesting stronger legal protections from Congress to help the government enforce the rights of members of the military.

One legislative proposal would double the amount of civil penalties for those who violate a law that enables temporary suspension of legal proceedings against active duty service members over mortgage interest rate payments and foreclosure.

Another proposal would require states to submit pre-election status reports on ballot transmission to military and overseas voters and require states to use express delivery to send replacement ballots if they miss deadlines.

A third would authorize the government to sue on behalf of service members to enforce their right to return to their civilian employment at the same seniority and rate of pay they would have obtained had they remained there continuously.