Rep. Baird seeks resident tuition rate for those serving on USS Indiana

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
State Rep. Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) listens to testimony on the House floor Tuesday at Indianapolis.
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INDIANAPOLIS — The House Committee on Education Tuesday unanimously passed District 44 State Rep. Jim Baird’s (R-Greencastle) bill to ensure those serving on the USS Indiana (SSN-789) are eligible for in-state tuition rates.

“We have a new namesake, a submarine was christened the USS Indiana in April and will be commissioned sometime this summer,” Baird said. “We would like to make the sailors aboard the USS Indiana honorary Hoosiers and in turn, make them eligible for in-state tuition.”

Under House Bill 1242, sailors would be eligible for the resident tuition rate once they have served on the submarine for 180 days.

Those honorary residents then have 12 years from the beginning of their service on the USS Indiana to complete a degree at the in-state rate.

Baird said this bill does not make these honorary citizens eligible for state student assistance.

Most fast-attack submarines, like the USS Indiana, have a crew size of approximately 130 individuals who are from all over the United States.

The bill will now be heard on the House floor by all members.

Baird, an Army veteran of the Vietnam War, represents House District 44, which includes all of Putnam County and portions of Clay, Morgan, Owen and Parke counties.

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  • Good job, Jim.

    -- Posted by gadsden on Wed, Jan 17, 2018, at 7:15 PM
  • Always standing up for our community on the important issues people care about. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication

    -- Posted by mlooper on Wed, Jan 17, 2018, at 8:48 PM
  • HA!

    Pandering and useless "feel-good" measures are not what the gov't is supposed to be about.

    The average American has been fed lies for too long, and has forgotten what this country was founded on - FREEDOM and LIMITED GOVERNMENT.

    You should be asking why:

    Why is the government involved in college tuition?

    (If you answer b/c of state funding,etc... ask why is the state involved in college at all?)

    Governments are established to protect the rights of the individual and society. That's all.

    And if you are one of those people that complain about the "career politician" while cheering for this nonsense - SHAME ON YOU! - b/c what you are seeing (and cheering) is the creation of one. Feel-good measures, special favors, and identity politics intended to garner votes to further a political career.

    Its time for the American people to wake up!!

    -- Posted by AverageWhiteGuy on Thu, Jan 18, 2018, at 1:32 PM
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