TRENTON – The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee blew through a host of bills during its hearing in the Statehouse today.
Among the docket of bills, which included legislation aimed at raising awareness for Parkinson’s Disease (S1173) and a “Reader Privacy Act” (S967) that would extend reader privacy protections to book purchases, including the purchase of electronic books, was the New Jersey Tuition Equality for America’s Military (NJTEAM) Act (S3114), a bill which would allow military veterans who attend public colleges or universities in New Jersey to pay in-state tuition rates.
The bill’s release prompted a response from the sponsor of identical legislation in the Assembly.
“Many of our returning service men and women are looking for opportunities to build a career once they leave the military,” said Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-27). “One of the avenues to pursue in that quest is continuing their education at a college or university in New Jersey. Offering in-state tuition at a public college to all American veterans can help them acquire the knowledge and skills today’s employers are seeking at a reasonable price.”
The NJTEAM Act amends current law to provide that a veteran, irrespective of where they live, will be regarded as a resident of the state for the purpose of determining tuition.
“These patriots answered the call to serve our country and helping them obtain a degree gives them a better chance at obtaining a job,” said Webber. “We want these men and women to come home to New Jersey, and express our gratitude to those who have contributed to our country’s security and have asked nothing in return.”
The senate committee released the bill with 11 votes in favor.