Colyer signs bill to boost National Guard numbers

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April 4, 2018 - 11:00 PM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer signed a bill granting National Guard members free, full college tuition in response to a dwindling number of recruits.

The new law will take effect in July after Colyer signed it Wednesday, but legislators still need to allocate funding for the program.

Bill author and Republican Rep. Diana Dierks of Salina said the Guard has shrunk by 16 percent over the last 10 years.

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