Morrell Bill to Help Active Duty Personnel Complete College Degrees Signed into Law

Monday, August 10, 2015

SACRAMENTO – After receiving unanimous and bipartisan support in both houses of the legislature, Senate Bill 418 by Senator Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, was signed into law by the Governor. The measure will aid student veterans who have been called to active duty while attending a California State University finish their college degrees.

“We should welcome veterans home with the ability to shape their futures after they have defended our country and preserved our freedoms,” said Morrell. “Our state’s education system holds the key to opening innumerable doors for those pursuing a degree and careers here at home. SB 418 eases the transition process for returning CSU students called up to active duty, allowing them to balance their military service with their academic pursuits and family lives.”

Senate Bill 418 extends readmission rights for active duty military students from two to five years in the California State University System. Readmission rights guarantee that a student can continue at the institution where he or she has already been studying after an approved absence. This will help students serving in the Armed Forces obtain their degrees in a timely manner while also serving their country. The change ensures that this policy conforms to federal law.

Morrell recently authored an op-ed on Senate Bill 418 that was published in The Press-Enterprise.

Senator Mike Morrell represents the 23rd Senate District in the California Legislature, which includes portions of San Bernardino, Riverside, and Los Angeles counties. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.