Ore. lawmakers approve military recruiting bill

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers have voted to require that military recruiters be treated the same as other employers on college campuses.

The state Senate unanimously approved the measure on a 28-0 vote Monday, sending it to Gov. John Kitzhaber for a signature or veto. The House approved it in April.

The measure applies to universities, community colleges and Oregon Health and Science University. It would allow military recruiters to set up booths at campus job fairs and interview students on campus if other potential employers are authorized to do so.

The measure would bring Oregon law in line with a 2006 U.S. Supreme Court decision. The Oregon University System has told lawmakers that university policies already give the military the same access as civilian employers.