HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are considering a bill that would give preference to veterans among those seeking affordable or subsidized housing.

The legislation is among several bills to be discussed Tuesday at a public hearing scheduled by the General Assembly’s Housing Committee.

Sen. Michael McLachlan, a Republican from Danbury, is the bill’s chief sponsor. He says veterans deserve to be at the front of the line to receive affordable housing if they need it. He says the lack of affordable housing is partially to blame for homelessness among veterans.

McLachlan has been involved in efforts in Danbury to provide transitional housing to homeless veterans.

Another bill on Tuesday’s agenda would give priority for affordable housing to the surviving spouses of service members killed in Iraq or Afghanistan.

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