Bills under consideration that affect military families

CHEYENNE, Wy.(KGWN)- There are now less than 3 weeks until the Wyoming Legislature will convene for the 2018 session.

Along with the budget, 128 bills will be under consideration by House and Senate member.

8 of the bills submitted so far could directly impact the military community across our state.

In the House, there are 2 bills which are geared toward education.

HB28 addresses accountability and would collect data to report performance of students across the state that have a military parent or guardian. The data would allow the state to track how this demographic is doing in the public school system and track achievements.

HB27 would allow the state to continue contract status for teachers who are surviving spouses of veterans or are married to military members.

The Senate will tackle a bit more with 6 military related bills.

SF37 would designate Purple Heart day as a state recognized holiday and designates Wyoming as a purple heart state.

SF33 will amend resident tuition requirements to include active uniform spouses and dependents.

SF36 also addresses tuition rates by limiting the amount of time a military member can use the special tuition. The bill would reduce the number of semesters the program covers.

SF34 will remove the sunset provision which will terminate a military spouse's eligibility for unemployment benefits.

SF35 will provide service members certain protecting when terminating, suspended or reinstate contract services. However, the bill still says to get the protections proper notice is required.

SF31 will request for a loan to plan, develop and construct a Skilled Nursing Center for qualifying veterans and their spouses. The bill doesn’t specify where the center would be built. However, it says it will be designed to provide community living, care and treatment for Wyoming Veterans.

More bills affecting the military could be introduced before the February 14 deadline.

The Legislative session will begin on February 12.

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