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Lawmaker introduces uniform bill

Law would officially allow enlisted men and women to wear military attire to graduation

Posted: May 16, 2009 10:37 p.m.
Updated: May 17, 2009 4:55 a.m.
A bill introduced by Assemblyman Cameron Smyth that allows graduating seniors to wear their military uniforms to high school graduation is expected to come before the Assembly on Monday, May 18.

The bill, known as Assembly Bill 1463, passed out of the Assembly Education Committee recently 8-0. 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 their high school graduations.

"I felt that it was important to give students and school districts some clarification about this issue, so that other students in this situation will be treated with fairness throughout California," Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, said. "I appreciate Private Laccabue's commitment to his country and his school, and I want to thank him and his family for raising awareness of this issue."

The idea for 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 William S. Hart Union High School District reversed their positions. Smyth met with Laccabue's mother in February, and expressed his interest in authoring legislation dealing with the issue.


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