This release cam in yesterday from Lou Correa’s office:
SACRAMENTO, CAâ€”Today, the California State Senate unanimously voted on the passage out of Â the Legislature of Bill 1075 (SB 1075), authored by Senator Lou Correa(Orange County).
This legislative measure requires academic institutions to reasonably accommodate and assist students who are called to active military duty so they can meet any and all coursework requirements missed due to military service.Â
â€œSB 1075 will make sure that California National Guard members will not be academically or financially penalized when they are ordered to perform active military duty,â€ said Senator Correa.
The California National Guard routinely assists and responds to local and state authorities for various missions and emergencies within California. Many of these service men and women must leave their studies to respond to these state emergencies. Â Unfortunately, Californiaâ€™s higher education institutions have varying policies concerning academic leaves of absence for those students. There have been some instances in which post-secondary institutions have not extended these protections to California National Guard members who were ordered to perform Emergency State Active Duty by the Governor. SB 1075 will require colleges to work with and assist these students to meet any and all coursework requirements that they may have missed due to military service.
SB 1075 was unanimously supported by the Legislature. This measure was sponsored by the California National Guard, and supported by the following organizations:Â the American Legion Department of California; the AMVETS, Department of California; the National Guard Association of California; and the Vietnam Veterans of America, California State Council
â€œThis legislation will greatly benefit our soldiers and airmen by taking away the burden of choosing between service and educationâ€, said Brigadier General Mary J. Kight, The Adjutant General of the California National Guard.
SB 1075 will be considered by Governor Schwarzenegger for his approval or veto within the next few weeks.
Senator Lou Correa represents the 34th District, which includes the cities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, Stanton and Westminster. ####