Great Falls Tribune: Senate passes Tester bill to aid American Legion

Sen. Jon Tester won unanimous Senate approval Friday for his bill to help modernize the nearly 100-year-old American Legion.

The Montana Democrat teamed with Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller on legislation to bring the American Legion into the computer age by enabling veterans to pay their dues online. Under current law, legion members must pay their dues by cash or check to their local posts.

The American Legion Charter Modernization Act also protects the nonprofit group’s national and state offices from lawsuits against local posts.

The legion, the nation’s largest veterans’ service organization with 2.4 million members, was chartered by Congress in 1919. Any changes to the organization’s charter must be approved by Congress and signed into law by the president.

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