McEntire bill to allow early registration for military students clears policy committee

Legislation that would require higher education institutions to provide early course registration for eligible military members and dependents was unanimously passed by the House Postsecondary Education and Workforce Committee on Friday.

Rep. Joel McEntire, R-Cathlamet, introduced House Bill 2004 after a young serviceman in college brought the idea to his attention.

“Providing early registration for our military and their dependents is the least we can do for those who put their lives on the line for their nation, state and communities,” said McEntire. “They are making the ultimate sacrifice. This allows us to respect and show dignity to those who serve and protect us.”

The bill would provide early course registration to allow students who are eligible veterans, National Guard members, active duty military members, and their spouses, domestic partners, and dependents early course registration.

“I have been in the military for 13 years. Sometimes, you have no control when you are called to serve. Military service doesn’t always line up with higher education registration. This would benefit our servicemen and women who are working on furthering their education,” said McEntire. “This bill has bipartisan support. This policy has been in place before but expired, we are expanding it to include dependents.”

The bill now awaits a vote by the full state House of Representatives.

The legislative session began on Monday, Jan. 8, and is scheduled for 60 days.

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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