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Federal Veterans Bill May Help California Measure

Michael Layefsky, flickr

University of California, Berkeley

Michael Layefsky, flickr

When President Barack Obama signed a veterans’ service bill today  he provided some momentum to a bill pending in the California legislature.

Part of the bill signed by Mr. Obama requires all public universities and colleges to offer in-state tuition rates to any veteran using the GI Bill. Any state that fails to comply risks losing federal funding.

Republican Assemblyman Rocky Chaves was already working on a similar measure for California. His bill is currently in a legislative committee and he says he’ll amend it to comply with the new federal law.

“I know there’s a lot of support for veterans across the nation because we know the sacrifices made," he says. "And I think it’s time California align our emotions with the education component.” 

Chavez says there are about 120 out-of-state vets currently attending either a UC or CSU school. There are more than 50,000 student vets total in California.

The federal law goes into effect next year.

 

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