A Minnesota U.S. Senator has introduced a bipartisan bill that would allow the spouses of active duty military members to maintain legal residency of their home state instead of having to change it every time they move for a military reassignment.
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar said current law already allows it for the service members themselves, but spouses only qualify if they lived at the same address before they got married.
She said, “Right now, there’s a problem with the way that the law treats some military spouses that make frequent moves, and the law ironically makes it even harder on them rather than easier on them,” and added, “We ask a lot of our military members and their families. When we can make life easier for them, we should. This is one simple thing we can do.”
The Support our Military Spouses Act will allow military spouses to use the same residence as their spouse after a military reassignment regardless of the couple’s residency at the time of the marriage.
The bipartisan measure is cosponsored Republican Senators John Kennedy and John Cornyn and Democrats Joe Manchin and Tim Kaine. A similar bill passed in the House last July.