11.11.09

President Signs Burr Bill to Grant Residency Rights to Military Spouses

Today, S. 475, the Military Spouse Residency Relief Act, a bill introduced by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), was signed into law. This bill will allow military spouses to maintain or change residency when their family relocates due to military orders. Rep. John Carter (R-TX) sponsored the bill in the House.

"I am pleased to see this important legislation signed into law. Military families are often asked to move, and it is only fair that we give the same residency benefits to spouses as we give to active duty personnel," Senator Burr said. "This bill represents one small way we can help ease the burden of military families, who make sacrifices everyday to support our men and women in uniform."

Military men and women have the ability to claim a state of residence and maintain that residency regardless of where military orders may send them. Unfortunately, military spouses are not granted this same benefit. In addition to the stress of frequent relocations, this inequality means that military spouses are less likely to have their names on deeds and titles of family property, leaving many feeling like second class citizens.

The Military Spouses Residency Relief Act gives a military spouse who moves out of state because of military orders the option to claim one state of domicile, regardless of where they move. This bill makes the move from station to station easier, removing the need to file tax returns for multiple states and change vehicle and voter registrations with each move.

"Today's signing of this bill is a victory for our military spouses and their families," Burr added. "At a time when we are demanding so much from our military families, this bill will make their lives and constant transitions a little easier."