In a victory for our military veterans who are looking to advance their education in California, Senate Republicans voted unanimously today for Assembly Bill 13, which passed the Senate on a 36-0 vote. It requires the California State University and California Community College - and requests the University of California -to grant in-state tuition for all students using the GI Bill. If Senate Republicans had not fought to move this legislation forward in the final days of the 2014 legislative session, over 78,000 California veterans attending a UC, CSU or CCC faced the possibility of losing their GI Bill benefits.
“AB 13 ensures all veterans have the opportunity to attend California’s world-class universities and colleges,” said Senator Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga. “It’s a small way we can express our gratitude. My hope is that AB 13 will help these men and women capitalize on their unique talents and training.”
AB 13 now goes back to the Assembly for a final vote before being sent to the governor for his signature.