UPDATE: The News Service of Florida reports: Flanked by military veterans, members of the Florida National Guard and lawmakers, Gov. Rick Scott signed into law on Monday the “Florida GI Bill,” modeled after the World War II-era program and intended to make Florida the most military-friendly state in the nation.
The wide-ranging measure (HB 7015), rushed through the Legislature the first week of session as a priority of House and Senate leadership.
It provides university tuition waivers for veterans, pays for military and guard base improvements, is expected to help increase employment opportunities for veterans and allocates $1 million a year to sell the state to veterans.
Original post: Gov. Rick Scott is expected to sign legislation known as the “Florida GI Bill” on Monday.
Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, sent a news release late Friday announcing that a bill-signing ceremony would take place Monday morning at a National Guard armory in Panama City.
Gaetz, House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, and other lawmakers are expected to attend.
The House and Senate quickly passed the measure (HB 7015) this month, after Gaetz and Weatherford made the issue a priority for the legislative session.
Among other things, the bill will provide university tuition waivers for veterans, help pay for base improvements and set aside money to market the state to veterans.