Governor to take action Friday on Hayes’ military spouse higher education bill

Gov. Jay Inslee is scheduled to take action Friday on a bill prime-sponsored by Rep. Dave Hayes which would give military spouses priority registration for higher education institutions in Washington.

Last Thursday, the Senate voted unanimously to approve House Bill 1052. The bill had previously gained unanimous passage in the House on March 2.

Hayes authored the bill at the request of a constituent.

“I am very excited to see this bill pass and make its way to the governor for his signature. This new law will give a new sense of certainty to active duty military spouses in our state,” said Hayes, R-Camano Island. “These husbands and wives are often times at the mercy of their spouses’ deployment schedule. This bill would ensure that they receive priority registration at our colleges and universities and further their ability to graduate on time.”

Under the bill, beginning in the 2015-16 academic year, institutions of higher education that offer any early course registration to students must have a process in place to offer early course registration to students who are the spouses of eligible veterans or National Guard members who are receiving veteran’s education benefits.

“These military spouses give so much in supporting their husbands and wives. This new law will recognize their sacrifices,” added Hayes.”This is a great step forward to further support our military families. I am very proud to have sponsored this bill and see it sent to the governor.”

If the governor signs the bill, it would become effective 90 days after adjournment of the 2015 regular session. April 26 is the final day of the 105-day regular session.

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