Governor Bobby Jindal signed legislation today to expand eligibility for members of the military to receive in-state tuition at Louisiana colleges and universities. The legislation -- HB 435 by Rep. Nick Lorusso -- is part of the Governor's 2012 legislative package.
Governor Jindal said, "This new law encourages members of the U.S. military -- who are the best trained professionals in the world -- to pursue an education in our state, which will be an economic boost, but most importantly, it's yet another means for us to thank these brave men and women for their service."
HB 435 by Representative Nick Lorusso expands eligibility for in-state tuition for members of the military that move from another state to Louisiana to attend college. This new law grants in-state tuition to honorably discharged veterans, members of the National Guard, reserve enlistees previously called into service, or former cadets or midshipmen at one of the United States Armed Forces service academies. An economic development tool, this incentive will help draw an already trained workforce to Louisiana to help attract businesses and grow the Louisiana economy.
Since taking office, Governor Jindal has taken action to support and honor Louisiana's veterans:
In 2012, Governor Jindal signed HB 945 by Representative Henry Burns to extend TOPS eligibility for students that voluntarily re-enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces.
In 2012, Governor Jindal signed HB 590 by Representative Karen St. Germain to extend the exemption veterans currently have for the payment of fees to obtain a driver's license to also include special identification cards.
In 2012, Governor Jindal signed HB 499 by Representative Henry Burns and SB 157 by Senator Robert Adley to allow Louisiana veterans to have a "veteran" designation on their driver's license or state issued ID card to improve the state's outreach to veterans, update them regarding services and benefits, and help them access discounts and other services available to them.
In 2012, Governor Jindal signed HB 732 by Representative Henry Burns to streamline professional licensing for military personnel and their spouses seeking employment in Louisiana by establishing procedures for military families to credit specialized training received in the military into equivalent non-military licenses and certifications.
In 2012, Governor Jindal signed HB 977 by Representative Henry Burns to expand eligibility to the Military Family Assistance Fund that was established to help members of the Louisiana National Guard, Louisiana Military Reserves and their family members address financial hardships they may encounter as a result of their active-duty status.
In 2012, Governor Jindal signed HB 631 by Representative Nick Lorusso to ensure that students from military families have the opportunity to participate in interscholastic athletics.
In 2012, Governor Jindal signed SB 218 by Senator Ronnie Johns which authorizes the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy to waive annual renewal requirements for pharmacist licenses and technician certifications for individuals serving in active duty in the military service.