SAN FRANCISCO - California lawmakers sent the state's voters another bond measure this week, giving unanimous approval to a ballot measure to authorize $900 million of veterans' mortgage bonds.

The bill was approved to capitalize on federal legislation President Bush signed in June. The HEART Act, or Heroes Earnings Assistance and Relief Tax Act of 2008, makes Texas and California veterans who entered active military duty after 1976 eligible for veterans' home loan programs backed by tax-exempt qualified veterans mortgage bonds, or QVMBs.

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