House approves Rep. Dave Hayes’ bill to allow early college course registration for military spouses

Lawmakers in the Washington House of Representatives gave unanimous approval to a bill Monday that would allow military spouses to register early for in-state college and university courses.

The author of House Bill 1052, Rep. Dave Hayes, R-Camano Island, said the measureRep. Dave Hayes on the House floor urging passage of military spouse measure, House Bill 1052 is an extension of early course registration recently extended to eligible veterans and members of the National Guard.

“Often times, these spouses are under the same schedule constraints as their military husband or wife. These priority registration benefits at our colleges will help them stay on track to graduate on time and give them the same benefits their spouses are receiving,” said Hayes.

Hayes, who is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and serves the 10th District, which includes residents who work at the Everett Home Port and at NAS Whidbey Island, said early registration would also help to maximize G-I Bill benefits which can be transferred to spouses of those on active duty. The G-I Bill only includes 36 months of benefits, so Hayes said priority registration would ensure students get the courses they need.

Under the bill, spouses of those receiving veteran education benefits would be eligible for the early registration.

The measure passed the House, 97-0. It now goes to the Senate for further consideration.

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