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Easley Signs Two Military Bills Into Law

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Gov. Mike Easley signed into law Wednesday two bills designed to help military personnel and their families.

"We must continue to show our thanks, both in supplies and support, for the work these men and women are doing," Easley said. "This legislation helps us support our soldiers and guardsmen and their families before, during and after they answer the call to duty."

The N.C. National Guard Tuition Assistance Program Changes bill, Senate Bill 725, provides more tuition assistance for National Guard members. It increases the academic year tuition cap from $2,000 to $4,500. Any remaining funds could go to help cover the cost of required course materials.

Senate Bill 1117, the 2005 Military Support Act, includes eight wide-ranging provisions to support servicemen and women and their families.

It allows retired U.S. Armed Services personnel and their dependents to receive in-state tuition at state universities and community colleges. It also makes it easier for spouses to transfer their professional licenses and it makes it easier for their children to transfer high school credits.

The bill also allows military personnel to terminate rental agreements early before being deployed for more than 90 days.

There are still 19 more bills waiting for the governor's signature and only four days left before they would automatically become law. Easley has indicated that he may consider using the veto, if necessary, on one or two of them.


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