Elise M. Stefanik (Republican – New York) introduced H.R. 282┬áto amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to permit the spouse of a servicemember to elect to use the same residence as the servicemember for purposes of taxation and voting, regardless of the date on which the marriage of the spouse and the servicemember occurred.


The bill was introduced to the House of Representatives on January 4, 2017 and sent to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. The bill was brought before the House on July 24, 2017. The bill was passed by a voice vote and sent to the Senate on July 24, 2017.


The bill is to be known as the “Military Residency Choice Act.” The act adds several new paragraphs that include that :

A person who is absent from a State because they’re accompanying their spouse who is out of State on military orders shall not be deemed to have lost a residence in the State if they intend to return and should not be deemed to have been a resident of any other state or have acquired a residence in any other state if they do not choose. Additionally, the spouse of a service member may elect to use the same residence of the service member in this manner no matter when they were married.

This means that the spouse can maintain the same tax rates and voter registrations as though they did not leave their original state of residence.


Trent Franks (Republican – Arizona)
Walter B. Jones (Republican – North Carolina)
Ken Calvert (Republican – California)
Daniel Webster (Republican – Florida)
John J. Faso (Republican – New York)
Stephen Knight (Republican – California)
Scott Taylor (Republican – California)
Claudia Tenney (Republican – New York)
Darrell E. Issa (Republican – California)
John R. Carter (Republican – Texas)
Luke Messer (Republican – Indiana)

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