CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon signed House Bill 21 into law on Thursday, April 1, a bill which will give Wyoming National Guard members who reside in other states more access to higher education in Wyoming.
The law will take effect on July 1, 2021.
Rep. Landon Brown (Laramie County) said during the Wyoming House of Reresentatives’ first reading of the bill that “about 20% of National Guard members actually reside outside of the state.” He noted that some of these members may be interested in pursuing college education in Wyoming and that House Bill 26 was an effort to support that.
“This is a follow up bill to a bill that we passed last year,” Brown said. “Last year we decided that it was in good practice for members that are serving our National Guard will be rewarded and capable of paying the same tuition rates that our in-state members do.”
House Bill 26 will give National Guard members residing in other states the same preference for admission to academic programs at the University of Wyoming, community colleges in the state and vocational, technical or trade schools as residents of Wyoming.
The legislature passed House Bill 32 during their 2020 Session, which have National Guard members living out of state the same tuition rates as if they were living in-state.
The House’s third reading vote of 59-1 on House Bill 21 on March 3 was as follows:
- Ayes: ANDREW, BAKER, BANKS, BEAR, BLACKBURN, BROWN, BURKHART, BURT, CLAUSEN, CLIFFORD, CONNOLLY, CRAGO, DUNCAN, EKLUND, EYRE, FLINTER, FORTNER, GRAY, GREEAR, HALLINAN, HAROLDSON, HARSHMAN, HEINER, HENDERSON, HUNT, JENNINGS, KINNER, BARLOW, KNAPP, LAURSEN, D, MACGUIRE, MARTINEZ, NEIMAN, NEWSOME, NICHOLAS, O’HEARN, OAKLEY, OBERMUELLER, OLSEN, OTTMAN, PAXTON, PROVENZA, ROSCOE, SCHWARTZ, SHERWOOD, SIMPSON, SOMMERS, STITH, STYVAR, SWEENEY, WALTERS, WASHUT, WESTERN, WHARFF, WILLIAMS, WILSON, WINTER, YIN, ZWONITZER
- Nays: LARSEN, L
The Senate’s third reading vote of 27-2 on March 26 was as follows:
- Ayes: ANDERSON, BALDWIN, BITEMAN, BONER, BOUCHARD, COOPER, DOCKSTADER, DRISKILL, ELLIS, FRENCH, FURPHY, GIERAU, HICKS, JAMES, KINSKEY, KOLB, KOST, LANDEN, MCKEOWN, NETHERCOTT, PAPPAS, PERKINS, ROTHFUSS, SALAZAR, SCHULER, SCOTT, STEINMETZ
- Nays: CASE, HUTCHINGS
- Excused: WASSERBURGER
Neither chamber adopted any amendments to the legislation.