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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Gov. Perry to sign Senate Bills 93 & 297, 7-31 @ UTSA

Governor Rick Perry (photo) to Ceremonially Sign Senate Bills 93 and 297, Friday, July 31st @ 3 p.m. @ The University of Texas at San Antonio – 1604 Campus. Main building, 1st Floor, One UTSA Circle.

SB 93 - Hazlewood (HW) Legacy Act (LVP/Castro)
The HW Act provides an exemption of tuition and fees, other than the deposit and student service fees for up to 150 semester credit hours (also excluded are any fees for books, lodging, board or clothing) to an eligible Texas veteran. This legislation clarifies how the Texas veteran can establish his/her eligibility for HW benefits; it does not make distinctions between citizens and legal residents on educational benefits for veterans. Therefore, the bill aligns the state HW benefit with the GI Bill. Additionally, the legislation allows a veteran to transfer his/her unused HW benefit to his/her child. Also, the legislation allows the spouse of a fallen veteran to utilize the unused HW benefit if the veteran was KIA, MIA, or totally disabled.

SB 297 - In-state Tuition & Fees (LVP, Ogden/Corte) Allows non-Texas veterans and their families to immediately pay in-state tuition and fees at a public university or college without requiring that they wait the one year to establish Texas residency. Additionally, if a military parent is deployed to a combat theater, that parent's child(ren) is(are) exempt from paying resident tuition at a public institution of higher education while that parent is on such a deployment.

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