FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -
Hampshire Ups the Total to 25 States Supporting Selective
New Hampshire has just become the 25th state to pass legislation
requiring young men to register with the Federal Selective
Service System before qualifying for state jobs or enrolling
in state colleges. Bill 313, signed Friday, July 31,
1998, by Governor Jeanne Shaheen, directs that young men who
are required to register, but have not done so, will be denied
admission and financial aid for state colleges and universities.
They will also be ineligible for state jobs.
who register not only help America, but they help themselves,"
said Gil Coronado, Director of the Selective Service System.
"We are making every effort to inform men that they should
not close the doors on future opportunities by failing to
register," Coronado added.
1982, Federal Pell Grants and student loans have been denied
to men who fail to register with Selective Service.
This prompted many states to enact state laws that mirror
this Federal statute. Beginning in 1995, Federal law
requires men to be registered with SSS to remain eligible
for most Federal government jobs. The New Hampshire
law mirrors both Federal laws by conditioning eligibility
for state jobs and student financial aid on a man's registration.
principal sponsors of the New Hampshire bill were Senator
Jack Barnes and Representatives Jim McDonald and Dennis Fields
who steered SB 313 through a gamut of committees in both chambers
of the New Hampshire legislature, before winning passage in
both the House and the Senate.
is a positive and meaningful effort that will help increase
on-time registration in the state," noted Bob Dastin,
State Director of the Selective Service for New Hampshire.
The new law should help maintain New Hampshire's standing
as one of the highest compliance states in the Nation.
further information, contact:
Mr. Bob Dastin, Selective Service State Director for New Hampshire