[r65] Rep. Koch Co-Sponsors Expansion of Tuition Exemption for Purple Heart Recipients (3/26/2009)

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Start Date: 3/26/2009 All Day
End Date: 3/26/2009
All Indiana Purple Heart recipients would be eligible for tuition and fee exemptions at state educational institutions under a bill co-sponsored by State Rep. Eric Koch (R- Bedford).

Last year, the Indiana General Assembly created a law allowing Purple Heart recipients who served active duty after Sept. 10, 2001, to apply for the tuition and fee exemption.  Senate Bill 39 will expand those eligible for the exemption to include all veterans who have received the honor of a Purple Heart.

"Our wounded veterans have made a special sacrifice for our nation, which we today recognize by expanding the tuition exemption to include all Purple Heart recipients," said Rep. Koch.                                                      

If Gov. Daniels signs the bill into law, it will become effective July 1, 2009.

Rep. Koch is a member of the House Commerce, Energy, Technology and Utilities committees and is assistant Republican caucus chairman.  He represents House District 65, which includes parts of Bartholomew, Brown, Jackson, and Lawrence counties. Rep. Koch can be reached at h65@IN.gov, or by phone at 1-800-382-9841.

Those interested in tracking this and other bills that have survived the journey to the governor's desk can visit http://www.in.gov/gov/billwatch.htm.