The Alabama Legislature Monday passed House Bill 424 (HB 424) which grants in-state tuition to military personnel.
The bill applies to active duty service members and their families, as well as members of the Alabama National Guard, who have two years of service and stay in the Guard while enrolled in school. Additionally, veterans of the Armed Forces are eligible if they have received an honorable discharge, are currently serving in a reserve unit, or have been assigned to a service-connected disability.
According to the bill's sponsors, Representative Barry Moore and Senator Bill Holtzclaw, HB 424 was drafted in order to thank military service members for their sacrifices.
The bill was also supported by the Military Stability Commission which is chaired by Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey. The purpose of the commission is to strengthen Alabama's military installations, to serve as advocates for Alabama's military men and women, and to prepare for the Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC) process.
The BRAC process exists to close excess military bases. HB 424 will help to strengthen Alabama's position as a good host to military families so that whenever BRAC comes up again Alabama will be protected from dramatic changes, according to Lieutenant Governor Ivey.
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