Senate Passes Veterans Tuition Equity and Protects Privacy



Veterans Tuition Equity

I have been a long time supporter of veterans, you can never thank veterans enough, without them we wouldn't be able to do what we do. The sacrifice and virtue exhibited by military service to our country should be recognized at all times. Which is why I worked with my fellow legislators to pass a bill that provides veterans in Oregon the ability to pay in-state tuition before establishing state residency.

This week the Oregon Senate voted to extend in-state tuition to veterans seeking a college education at one of the state’s public universities or community colleges. House Bill 2158B, which passed the Senate on a vote of 28-0 with two excused, directs public universities and community colleges to charge veterans in-state tuition, as long as they provide proof of presence in Oregon for a period of one year.

Under current law, all honorably-discharged, nonresident veteran undergraduates at public universities and community colleges in Oregon receive a tuition reduction until they establish residency in the state. Under this formula, veterans pay the resident rate plus half the difference between resident and nonresident rates, and the GI Bill does not cover this added 50-percent difference.

HB 2158B requires that colleges charge in-state tuition for undergraduate veterans with either an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions if the veteran demonstrates his or her physical presence in Oregon within 12 months of enrollment. That saves veterans from having to pay the added 50 percent calculation that is not covered by the GI Bill.

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Protecting Privacy 

Recently the Oregon Senate passed House Bill 2710A which regulates how law enforcement agencies may use drone technology, giving Oregonians additional privacy protections. It passed on a vote of 23-5 with two excused, establishes a strict set of rules for law enforcement agencies to use drones in order to protect Oregonians’ privacy.

Drones, also known as ‘unmanned aerial vehicles’ (UAV), are aircrafts that can be remote-controlled by a human operator or can be purely automated.  Many drones come equipped with sophisticated imaging technology that allow for surveillance of terrain, people, homes, and small objects with great detail. Drones have numerous practical uses but some practices of drone usage if left unchecked can infringe on citizens privacy. This bill's intention is to keep honest people honest. 

HB 2710A prohibits law enforcement agencies from using a drone to acquire information on a suspect without a warrant. Additionally, the bill preempts local government regulation of drones, forbids weaponized drones, and beginning in 2016 requires public bodies to register drones with the Oregon Department of Aviation.

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