Maj. Hank McIntire
Rep. Greg Hughes, R-Draper formally
introduces HB 309, "Scott
B. Lundell Tuition Waiver for National Guard
Members' Surviving Dependents"
during a press conference in Governor Jon M.
Hunstman's office Feb. 2.
LAKE CITY — A bill
waiving tuition for surviving family members of Servicemen
and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice was formally
introduced Feb. 2 during a press conference attended by
Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., and members of the Utah
HB 309, the Scott B.
Lundell Tuition Waiver for National Guard Members' Surviving
Dependents bill is sponsored by Rep. Greg Hughes, R-Draper.
It is named after Utah National Guard 2nd Lt. Scott B.
The Guardsman was killed in
Afghanistan last November and his sacrifice placed the war
in Afghanistan back into the hearts and minds of many
Utahans who may not have realized that Utah Guard members
are still serving on the front lines.
“There is a collective debt
we all share,” Hughes said. “Anything we can do as state
policymakers to acknowledge that and try to repay that debt
is our obligation.”
The bill seeks to waive
undergraduate tuition at state colleges and universities for
the dependents of Utah Service members killed in action
while on active duty. The waiver is good for up to eight
semesters which is enough to earn a bachelor's degree.
"Today begins the formal
process for this bill," Huntsman said during the press
conference held in the executive conference room at the
Capitol. “I wanted everyone to know this bill has my
Maj. Hank McIntire
Jeanine Lundell discusses the benefits of HB 309
during the bill's introduction at the Capitol.
“Let us never forget
our Soldiers have dreams that should not be left
behind,” Huntsman said before introducing Jeanine
Lundell. "Scott Lundell, besides being a great and
courageous Soldier, was a husband and father of four.
Let us never forget Soldiers leave behind family members
who struggle in their loss.”
Jeanine Lundell called the
bill's title a great honor.
"This bill will not only
benefit my family but all other [Service members’]
families,” Lundell said. “This will make their educational
dreams possible for them."
Hughes said the bill has
yet to find a Senate sponsor but was sure it would not
suffer the same fate as a similar bill the House passed last
year. That bill died in the Senate during the session's
“There is a face associated
with the bill this year,” Hughes said. “The Lundell’s are a
powerful reminder of our Service members’ sacrifice.”