SACRAMENTO — Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R—Rocklin, achieved a big victory in the Assembly Higher Education Committee with a unanimous vote to help California Veterans afford education at state universities and colleges.

Assembly Bill 2250, jointly authored by Gaines with Assemblyman Chris Norby, R-Fullerton, will allow veterans who have received an honorable discharge from the military the ability to take advantage of in-state tuition costs at California’s public universities.

“Our military servicemen and women and their families have sacrificed greatly to protect our freedom. We should welcome those dedicated, hardworking individuals by making it easier for them to attend our state’s public universities,” Gaines said. “My bill gives our veterans the assurance of an affordable California education once their service is completed.”

An honorably discharged veteran that served a minimum of 36 months in the Armed Forces or State Military Reserve, and their spouses, would qualify for resident tuition at any California Community College, California State University or University of California.

The Post 9-11 G.I. Bill veterans currently rely on does not cover out-of-state tuition, no matter the length of time they have served.

“Increasing veterans’ access to higher education increases their access to our communities, which we feel greatly improves the transition from military to civilian life,” Ryan Berg, Founder of Returning Veterans of America, said in a support letter of AB 2250.

Assembly Bill 2250 now heads to the Assembly Veterans Committee for a vote on April 10.

Assemblywoman Beth Gaines represents the 4th Assembly District, which includes portions of Placer, El Dorado, Sacramento and Alpine counties.