U.S. Sen. Richard Burr’s office says that the House has passed his bill aimed at making it easier for military spouses to maintain or change their residency when military orders require their family to relocate.
“Our military families are often called on to make frequent relocations, and it is only fair that we give the same residency benefits to spouses as we do to service members,” said Burr, a North Carolina Republican, in a statement released by his office.
The office news release says that military men and women can already claim a state of residency or maintain their residency no matter where the military sends them. The bill, which is headed to President Obama’s desk, now gives spouses who move out of state because of military orders the option to claim one state of domicile, regardless of where they move.
It should remove the need to update driver’s licenses, filing tax returns for multiple states and changing vehicle and voter registrations with each move, Burr’s office says.