Morrell Bill to Help Active Duty Personnel Complete College Degrees Passes First Committee

Thursday, April 9, 2015

SACRAMENTO – By a unanimous and bipartisan vote, members of the Senate Education Committee approved Senate Bill 418 by Senator Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, to aid active duty service members attending a California State University or California Community College finish their college degrees.

“The brave men and women who volunteer to serve our country should have every opportunity to succeed when they return home,” said Morrell. “SB 418 addresses just one of the many possible challenges faced by service members who find their lives disrupted when called to active duty. We should be doing all we can to empower them to pursue their education here in California.”

SB 418 would extend from two to five years the length of approved absences that California State University and community college students performing active military service are allowed and still be able to complete their college degrees. The change conforms state law to federal law and recognizes the importance of ensuring members of the military do not have unnecessary hurdles in the way to college graduation.

The measure next heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration.