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Smyth military uniform bill passes off of Assembly floor

Bill moves to the Senate Education Committee

Posted: May 18, 2009 4:18 p.m.
Updated: May 18, 2009 5:29 p.m.
 
SACRAMENTO - Assembly Bill 1463, by Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, passed off of the Assembly Floor today by a vote of 68-0.

The bill would give students who have completed military boot camp training, as well as all of their high school graduation requirements, the right to wear their military dress uniforms at high school graduations.

"With every vote, we're expanding the base of support for AB 1463," Smyth said. "I'm pleased that so many of my colleagues, from both sides of the aisle, are coming together to recognize the sacrifice that our young men and women are making."

The idea behind AB 1463 came from the case of Nicholas Laccabue, a Saugus High School senior who completed his graduation requirements in December, and recently completed boot camp at Camp Pendleton. His request to wear his dress uniform was initially denied, but ultimately granted after the principal and the Hart School District reversed their positions on the matter. Smyth met with Laccabue's mother in February, and expressed his interest in authoring legislation dealing with the issue.

"Today's bipartisan vote is a testament to the fact that this is not a partisan issue, but rather a way for us, as a Legislature, to show our thanks and appreciation for the commitment these students have made," Smyth said.

AB 1463 now moves to the Senate Education Committee, where it will be heard later in the summer.

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