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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