Governor to Sign Tennessee STRONG Act Thursday in Nashville

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 | 10:30am

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam will hold a bill signing ceremony Thursday, May 25, for the Tennessee STRONG (Support, Training and Renewing Opportunity for National Guard) Act at the Tennessee Department of Military in Nashville. Haslam will be joined by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville), Rep. Tilman Goins (R-Morristown), Rep. David Hawk (R-Greeneville) and Major General Max Haston.

WHO:            Gov. Bill Haslam

WHAT:           Tennessee STRONG Act Bill Signing

WHEN:          Thursday, May 25, 1:30 p.m. CDT

WHERE:        Tennessee Department of Military, Hall of Flags
                        3041 Sidco Dr., Nashville, TN

MEDIA:         Open, avail
**All visitors to the Department of Military must show photo ID at security gate.**

The Tennessee STRONG Act is the governor’s legislation that provides tuition free educational opportunities for eligible members of the Tennessee National Guard and supports the Drive to 55 goal to increase the number of Tennesseans with a degree or certificate to 55 percent by 2025.

The Senate passed HB 530/SB 1216 31-0 on April 3, and the House of Representatives passed the legislation 97-0 on April 10.

The Tennessee STRONG Act creates a four-year pilot program for members of the Tennessee National Guard. Eligible members will qualify for tuition reimbursement toward a first time bachelor’s degree. The legislation is part of Haslam’s NextTennessee legislative plan aimed at building and sustaining economic growth and the state’s competitiveness for the next generation of Tennesseans.