by David Safier
Rep. Pat Fleming (D, LD-25), who has long standing ties to military families and veterans, sponsored a bill that provides in-state tuition for Arizona veterans. It passed the House 48-1.
“I am incredibly honored to sponsor a bill that supports Arizona’s brave men and women and their families,” Fleming said. “As a representative of District 25, which has a large military population from nearby Fort Huachuca, I recognize that our military men and women have risked their lives for our freedom. We have a sacred duty to support our veterans in these times of sacrifice.”
The bill passed the House with a bipartisan vote of 48-1, with 11 not voting.
Fleming is the daughter of military parents, the wife of a U.S. Air Force veteran, the aunt of a U.S. Navy officer and a grandmother of an Army soldier who fought in Iraq.
“Apart from my immediate military family, as a United States citizen and an Arizonan, I feel privileged and proud to see this legislation succeed because I know the importance of getting a quality and affordable education for military families,” Fleming said. “I want to thank all of my colleagues for voting for this important bill and I hope to see continued support as it goes through the legislative process.”