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Alabama Governor signs bills to benefit military

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signs legislation benefiting Alabama's military members at a special ceremony, May 23, 2017, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. The bills covered a variety of subjects including Guardsmen employment rights, recruiter access to state educational institutions, Guard bill for college scholarships for dependents of disabled veterans, and expansion of military industrial access funds to installation roads, bridges, and power lines (US Air Force photo by Melanie Rodgers Cox/Released)

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signs legislation benefiting Alabama's military members at a special ceremony, May 23, 2017, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. The bills covered a variety of subjects including Guardsmen employment rights, recruiter access to state educational institutions, Guard bill for college scholarships for dependents of disabled veterans, and expansion of military industrial access funds to installation roads, bridges, and power lines (US Air Force photo by Melanie Rodgers Cox/Released)

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. --

The Governor of Alabama, Kay Ivey, hosted a signing ceremony for eight new bills that will impact service members at Maxwell Air Force Base, May 23, 2017.

Governor Ivey said she was proud of the strong bond and mutually beneficial relationship between the United States Armed Forces and the state of Alabama, both from the vast numbers of Alabamians who have worn the uniform, and through the support given by the local communities.

Ivey said there are too many accomplishments made by passing these bills to list them all, but she highlighted a few she thought were really important: Senate Bill 97, Senate Bill 203 and Senate Bill 315.

Senate Bill 97 grants benefits of the Federal Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act to members of the National Guard from another state.

Senate Bill 203 clarifies the degree of access for military recruiters to schools, colleges and universities.

Senate Bill 315 makes it easier and more affordable for service members to attend an Alabama college or University.

Both houses of the state legislature passed the bills with favorable support, signifying to Ivey that supporting service members is a common cause that all Alabamians can rally behind.

“Alabama and the United States Armed Forces go together like butter and molasses on a warm biscuit,” she said.