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Other Legislations by States, Territories, and the District of Columbia


Other Legislations by States, Territories, and the District of Columbia –

Many state laws mirror, reinforce, or strengthen two federal laws below:

  1. The Solomon Amendment added Section 12(f) to the Military Selective Service Act in September 1982. Male students who have a requirement to register with Selective Service must satisfy that requirement as an eligibility precondition for receipt of Title 4 federal student financial aid. Title 4 aid includes such need-based programs as Guaranteed Student Loans and Pell Grants.
  2. In November 1985, the Thurmond Amendment to the Defense Authorization Act established Title 5, U.S. Code, Section 3328, which requires Selective Service registration (of men who are required to register) as a prerequisite for appointment to most federal jobs.


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Alabama:  Requires Selective Service registration to be eligible to enter institutions of higher learning. Registration is also required as a prerequisite for state employment and promotion. This legislation was signed by Gov. Guy Hunt in 1991, and became effective on January 1, 1992.

Alaska:  Requires men to register with the Selective Service System as a precondition to state employment, to receive state financial aid for school, and unique to Alaska, to receive a permanent fund dividend. Signed by Gov. Tony Knowles on June 27, 2002, this bill became effective on January 1, 2004.

Arizona:  Requires registration with the Selective Service System as a condition for state financial aid for school as well as a precondition for state employment. Signed by Gov. Rose Mofford in 1988.

Arkansas:  Requires registration with the Selective Service System as a condition for receiving a state education loan, scholarship, or other state financial assistance. Signed into law by Gov. Bill Clinton on February 22, 1989. Also, requires compliance with the Military Selective Service Act as a precondition for state employment or enrollment in a public institution of higher learning. Signed by Gov. Mike Huckabee in 1997.

California:  Requires Selective Service registration as a precondition for state student financial aid. Signed into law by Gov. Pete Wilson in 1997. California does not have a Thurmond-like legislation in place.

Colorado:  Requires statement of compliance from male students born after December 31, 1959, before they are allowed to enroll at a state supported college or university. Gov. Dick Lamm allowed the bill to become law in 1987. Colorado does not have a Thurmond-like legislation in place.

Connecticut:  Connecticut does not have Solomon- or Thurmond-like legislations in place.

Delaware:  Requires Selective Service registration as a precondition for state employment and state student financial aid. Signed by Gov. Michael N. Castle in 1986.

District of Columbia:  The District of Columbia does not have Solomon- or Thurmond-like legislations in place.

Florida:  Requires Selective Service registration as a precondition for state student financial aid. Signed by Gov. Bob Graham in 1985. A law signed by Gov. Bob Martinez in 1988, requires registration as a precondition for state employment.

Georgia:  Requires Selective Service registration as a precondition for state student financial aid. Signed by Gov. Joe Frank Harris in 1986. A law, signed by Gov. Zell Miller on July 1, 1998, requires proof of registration as a precondition for state employment.

Guam:  Guam does not have Solomon- or Thurmond-like legislations in place.

Hawaii:  Hawaii does not have Solomon- or Thurmond-like legislations in place.

Idaho:  Young men must be registered with the Selective Service System to be eligible for state employment and state enrollment in post-secondary institutions, including financial aid for this schooling. Signed by Gov. Dirk Kempthorne on March 26, 1999.

Illinois:  Selective Service registration is a precondition for state student financial aid and later registration became a precondition for state employment. Gov. James Thompson signed these legislations in 1984 and 1989, respectively.

Indiana:  Indiana does not have Solomon- or Thurmond-like legislations in place.

Iowa:  Iowa does not have Solomon- or Thurmond-like legislations in place.

Kansas:  Kansas does not have Solomon- or Thurmond-like legislations in place.

Kentucky:  State regulations require a statement of compliance with the Military Selective Service Act as a precondition for participating in the state educational loan program. Kentucky does not have a Thurmond-like legislation in place.

Louisiana:  Louisiana has a law in which Selective Service registration is required for entry to any state school. Gov. Edwin Edwards signed this legislation in 1985. Another law, signed by Gov. Murphy J. (Mike) Foster in 1999, requires Selective Service registration to be eligible for certain classified and unclassified state civil service positions.

Maine:  Requires Selective Service registration as a precondition for state student financial aid. Signed by Gov. John McKernan in 1987. Maine does not  have a Thurmond-like legislation in place.

Maryland:  Maryland does not have Solomon- or Thurmond-like legislations in place.

Massachusetts:  Requires Selective Service registration as a precondition for state student financial aid. Gov. Michael Dukakis allowed the bill to become law in 1984. Massachusetts does not have a Thurmond-like legislation in place.

Michigan:  Michigan does not have Solomon- or Thurmond-like legislations in place.

Minnesota:  Minnesota does not have Solomon- or Thurmond-like legislations in place.

Mississippi:  Enacted two pieces of legislation. One requires Selective Service registration as a precondition for state student financial aid. Gov. William Allain signed this legislation in 1984. The other requires registration as a precondition for state employment and was signed by Gov. Kirk Fordice in 1999.

Missouri:  Requires Selective Service registration as a precondition for state employment and state student financial aid. Signed by Gov. Mel Carnahan on July 14, 1999.

Montana:  Requires Selective Service registration as a precondition for state employment and state student financial aid. Signed by Gov. Judy Martz on April 21, 2001.

Nebraska:  Nebraska does not have Solomon- or Thurmond-like legislations in place.

Nevada:  Nevada does not have Solomon- or Thurmond-like legislations in place.

New Hampshire:  Young men must be registered with Selective Service to be eligible for state employment and state enrollment in post-secondary institutions, including financial aid for this schooling. Signed by Gov. Jeanne Shaheen July 31, 1998.

New Jersey:  Requires Selective Service registration as a precondition for state student financial aid. Gov. Christine Todd Whitman signed this legislation in 1997. New Jersey does not have a Thurmond-like legislation in place.

New Mexico:  New Mexico does not have Solomon- or Thurmond-like legislations in place.

New York:  New York does not have Solomon- or Thurmond-like legislations in place.

North Carolina:  Enacted two pieces of legislation: One requires Selective Service registration for certain veterans’ dependents financial aid programs and another requires registration as a precondition for state employment and state educational assistance. Gov. James Martin signed these bills in 1985 and 1989, respectively.

North Dakota:  Selective Service registration is a precondition for student financial aid. Signed by Gov. George Sinner in 1987. North Dakota does not have a Thurmond-like legislation in place.

Northern Mariana Islands:  Requires Selective Service registration as a prerequisite to employment with the Commonwealth government. Signed by Gov. Pedro P. Tenorio, the legislation became effective March 15, 1999. Northern Mariana Islands does not have a Solomon-like legislation in place.

Ohio:  Requires Selective Service registration as a precondition for state student financial aid. Requires any resident male not registered with Selective Service to pay out-of-state tuition rate. Gov. Richard Celeste allowed this bill to become law in 1986. Ohio does not have a Thurmond-like legislation in place.

Oklahoma:  Requires Selective Service registration as a precondition for state student financial aid. Signed by Gov. Henry Bellmon in 1987. Oklahoma does not have a Thurmond-like legislation in place.

Oregon:  Oregon does not have Solomon- or Thurmond-like legislations in place.

Pennsylvania:  Pennsylvania does not have Solomon- or Thurmond-like legislations in place.

Puerto Rico:  Puerto Rico does not have Solomon- or Thurmond-like legislations in place.

Rhode Island:  Rhode Island does not have Solomon- or Thurmond-like legislations in place.

South Carolina:  South Carolina does not have Solomon- or Thurmond-like legislations in place.

South Dakota:  Requires Selective Service registration before acceptance to all state schools and as a precondition to state employment. Signed by Gov. George S. Mickelson in 1988.

Tennessee:  Requires Selective Service registration before acceptance to all state schools. Signed by Gov. Lamar Alexander in 1984. Registration is also required as a precondition for state employment. Gov. Ned McWherter signed this legislation in 1987.

Texas:  Requires men to be in compliance with the federal Selective Service registration requirement to be eligible for state student financial assistance. The law was passed in 1997. Effective September 1, 1999, state employment is contingent upon Selective Service registration or exemption.

Utah:  Requires Selective Service registration as a precondition for state student financial aid. Signed by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt in March 1998. Utah does not have a Thurmond-like legislation in place.

Vermont:  Vermont does not have Solomon- or Thurmond-like legislations in place.

Virgin Islands:  Virgin Islands do not have Solomon- or Thurmond-like legislations in place.

Virginia:  Enacted two pieces of legislation. One requires Selective Service registration as a precondition for student financial aid. Signed by Gov. James Gilmore on April 14, 1998, and became effective July 1, 1998. Another requires registration as a precondition for state employment and was signed by Gov. Gilmore on April 5, 1999.

Washington:  Washington does not have Solomon- or Thurmond-like legislations in place.

West Virginia:  Requires Selective Service registration as a precondition for state student financial aid and state employment. On April 8, 1999, Gov. Cecil H. Underwood signed the bill, which became effective on July 1, 1999.

Wisconsin:  Requires Selective Service registration as a precondition for state employment and state student financial aid. The bill was signed by Gov. Scott McCallum on August 30, 2001, and became effective January 1, 2002.

Wyoming:  Wyoming does not have Solomon- or Thurmond-like legislations in place.