Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Bill granting in-state tuition for veterans sent to governor

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Today, the Arizona Senate unanimously passed and sent to the Governor legislation which grants in-state student status to any person who was honorably discharged from the United Stated Armed Forces.

HB 2410, sponsored by state Rep. Ted Vogt, R-Tucson (District 30), grants in-state tuition status to honorably discharged veterans without requiring them to wait for one year’s residence in Arizona.

“Our veterans have given the ultimate sacrifice for our nation and to protect our freedoms,” said Representative Vogt, an Air Force veteran. “This is one effort to demonstrate to them that Arizona honors their sacrifice and is prepared to give them access to the best educational opportunities we can.”

The effort was bipartisan. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Phoenix (District 15) sponsored SB 1223, an identical bill.

“This bill will recruit veterans to live and finish their education here in Arizona,” said Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Phoenix (District 15). “It will bring revenue and talent to our state to build a strong future, and it shows that Arizona values the contributions that veterans make to our state and country.”

HB 2410 was substituted for SB 1223 that was passed by the Senate on February 23.

“It was my please to work on this bill,” said State Rep. Ruben Gallego, also a sponsor of 2410 and a Marine veteran. “It’s the least we can do to honor the sacrifice of veterans. I hope to work on a bipartisan basis to pass more legislation to benefit our veterans in the future.”

Upon the Governor’s signature, the bill is effective beginning in the Fall 2011 semester.

The legislation is located online at:
http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/50leg/1r/bills/hb2410h.pdf

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