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Connors, Rumpf & Gove 9th District
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June 24, 2016
9th District-Supported “Combat to College Act” Passes Senate

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The Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove which would grant priority in registering for courses at a public institution of higher education to military service members and veterans living in the state.

Connors, Rumpf & Gove’s legislation would grant military service members and veterans living in the state priority in registering for courses at a public institution of higher education. (U.S. Navy)

Connors, Rumpf and Gove have joined with the 1st Legislative District in this bipartisan veterans’ legislative initiative (S-1672 and A-2950) entitled the “Combat to College Act.”  The 9th District delegation issued the following statement following the Senate passage of the veterans’ legislative initiative.

“Veterans’ deserve every opportunity to pursue their higher education goals.  Higher education policies should be in place to provide special accommodations for veterans’ due to the significant demands associated with military service, including long-term deployments.

Under the ‘Combat to College Act,’ priority registration would apply to both current military service members serving on active duty and to veterans who were honorably discharged or released under honorable circumstances from active service.

“Certainly, we recognize that there are higher education institutions in New Jersey that voluntarily establish extensive services to assist veteran students.  Consistent with those efforts, we believe that State law should require priority registration benefits for veterans.”

Members of the 9th District delegation serve on both the Senate and Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committees.  Assemblywoman Gove serves on the Assembly Higher Education Committee.

The delegation proudly sponsored the VeTeach law, enacted in 2012, that established a pilot teacher preparation program at Stockton University for veterans who served in the Armed Forces on or after September 11, 2001.

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