A proposal aimed at making it easier for veterans to get a college degree in Louisiana  started moving in the Legislature, winning approval Tuesday from the House Education Committee.

The bill (House Bill 485) by Rep. Henry Burns, R-Haughton, would create a "Governor's Military and Veteran Friendly Campus" designation for schools that meet a list of requirements intended to ease the transition to campus for students with a military background.

"This is basically like a veterans' seal of approval for a university," said Rep. Wesley Bishop, D-New Orleans.

For veterans, the campus would be required to waive application fees, provide specialized orientation programs, offer priority class scheduling and adopt policies that allow for quick readmission after deployment, among other things.

The Board of Regents would handle the application review.

The education committee backed the measure without objection, sending it to the full House for debate.

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