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Conlin bill to expand Guard tuition assistance heads to Gov. Whitmer

Legislation sponsored by a local lawmaker is on its way to Gov. Whitmer’s desk for her signature.

The Michigan Senate voted overwhelmingly last week to pass House Bill 4199. The bill, sponsored by State Rep. Jennifer Conlin (D-Ann Arbor), would amend the Michigan National Guard Tuition Assistance Act to allow eligible National Guard members to transfer their Michigan National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program benefits to an eligible spouse and/or dependent.

Currently, the National Guard Tuition Assistance Program helps only eligible members of the Michigan National Guard pay for vocational or technical training, a certificate, or their first associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree.

“Our National Guard service members and their families make countless sacrifices for us,” said Conlin. “I’m extremely pleased to see such strong support for expanding tuition assistance to members of veterans’ families. This is a tangible way that we, as a state, can show our appreciation for the National Guard and the valuable services they perform.”

Conlin represents the 48th House District, which in Livingston County includes Genoa and Hamburg townships, the Village of Pinckney and the southeast corner of Putnam Twp. It also includes a section of northern Washtenaw County dipping down into the Ann Arbor area and a small portion of Jackson County.

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