Under the authority of R.S. 29:252-261, 288-290, 295, 381-391, R.S. 36:781-787, R.S. 42:17.2, and R.S. 46:121-123, and in accordance with the provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act, R.S. 49:950, et seq., the secretary gives notice that rulemaking procedures have been initiated to amend Department of Veterans Affairs regulations, LAC 4:VII.Chapter 9. The Notice of Intent will be published in the November 2023 issue of the Louisiana Register with an anticipated effective date of February 20, 2024.
The revisions are necessary to comply with statutes updated since 2019, the last time that the Department of Veterans Affairs promulgated new rules. The proposed updates repeal rules that are outdated or restate statutes; amend other rules for clarity and to conform with current legislation; add rules for the Veterans Affairs Commission and the Military Family Assistance Fund to conduct open meetings via electronic means; add rules regarding residency eligibility documentation for Title 29 educational benefits and for certain National Guardsmen and reserve components of the Armed Forces to be buried in state-run veterans cemeteries; and codify the appeal procedures for denials of Title 29 educational benefits and Louisiana National Guard disability benefits.