Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Bill Authorizing In-State Tuition for Military Vets Clears House Committee

A House committee approved Tuesday a bill that would allow honorably discharged military veterans and their families to pay in-state tuition at Colorado universities and colleges.

HB 1039, sponsored by Rep. Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch, would require the veteran or family member who is a student to live in Colorado but would excuse them from the ordinary requirement that such residence have been ongoing for at least one year before enrolling in an institution of higher learning.

“Extending this opportunity will benefit our veterans and their families by helping them begin their new lives in Colorado and will no doubt ease their transition to the private sector,” McNulty said. “I’m convinced that Colorado will benefit greatly by inviting our veterans here and they will make our state an even better place to live, work, and raise a family.”

The bill, which was unanimously endorsed by the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, now moves to the House Appropriations Committee.