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LEGISLATION SUPPORTED BY THE CALIFORNIA STATE COMMANDERS VETERANSCOUNCIL WHICH WAS RECENTLY PASSED BY THE LEGISLATURE AND SENT TOTHE GOVERNOR

September 3, 2020

The Legislature adjourned for the 2019-2020 legislative session on August 31. Bills that passed that process were sent to the Governor. The Governor has until September 30 to sign or veto bills. We have submitted letters to the Governor requesting his signature on these bills on behalf of your organization. If you would like to contact the Governor and voice your individual support for a particular bill or bills, there are 4 ways you can do it:

  1. Email:  https://govapps.gov.ca.gov/gov40mail/              
  2. There is a drop down menu you where you can select the bill #.

Call: (916) 445-2841

Fax: (916) 558-3160

US Mail: Governor Gavin Newsom 1303 10th Street, Suite 1173

Sacramento, CA 95814

More info:

For more information on these bills such as the language, amendments, votes, history, and committee analyses, go to: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billSearchClient.xhtml

Key legislative dates:

Sept 30: Last day for Governor to sign or veto bills. 

Nov 3: General election.

Dec 7: The new 2021-2022 Legislature convenes.

Jan 1: Statutes signed into law in 2020 take effect (unless they were urgency bills, which take effect immediately)

Going forward:

The COVID-19 pandemic severely curtailed the legislative activity this year. Many good (and bad) bills were shelved to make time to address legislation relating to the pandemic. Since a lot of the legwork was done putting the bills together in early 2020, there is a good chance a lot of those bill ideas will come back in 2021.

Barstow Veterans Home:

The State budget that was passed in June provided a process that must be followed by CalVet in determining the fateof the Barstow Veterans Home. Part of the process called for stakeholder input. We have notified CalVet of your organization’s desire to be part of that process and there will be a tele-meeting soon between CalVet and vet orgleaders.

AB 240(Irwin D)     Veterans’ homes: lease of property.
 Status: 8/30/2020-Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Enrolled Text released 9/01/2020 ) 
 Location: 8/30/2020-A. ENROLLMENT 
 Summary: Current law establishes the Veterans’ Home of California system for the operation of veterans’ homes at various sites. Current law sets forth the duties of the Department of Veterans Affairs regarding the administration and regulation of veterans’ homes. Current law authorizes the Director of General Services to lease or let any real property held by the department for a home, as specified, to any entity or person upon terms and conditions determined to be in the best interests of the home. This bill would prohibit a lease or let from exceeding 5 years, unless the lessee is a local government or a nonprofit organization that provides services exclusively for veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States and their families, or the contract for the lease was executed before January 1, 2021. 
AB 408(Frazier D)    Vehicles: disabled veterans. 
 Status: 8/28/2020-Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 39. Noes 0.). In Assembly. Ordered to Engrossing and Enrolling. 
 Location: 8/28/2020-A. ENROLLMENT 
 Summary: Would require the Department of Motor Vehicles to accept a certificate from a county veterans service officer or the Department of Veterans Affairs that certifies that the applicant for a special license plate or placard is a disabled veteran. 
 AB 2046 (Voepel R)    Family law: child support. 
 Status: 8/28/2020-Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 39. Noes 0.). In Assembly. Ordered to Engrossing and Enrolling. 
 Location: 8/28/2020-A. ENROLLMENT 
 Summary: Current law provides that if the person who is required to pay child support is disabled, meets certain federal eligibility requirements, and is receiving or would be eligible for certain state and federal disability payments, and the person has supplied the local child support agency with proof of eligibility or receipt of these benefits, then the order/notice to withhold income issued for the liquidation of the arrearage shall not exceed 5% of that person’s total monthly disability payments, as specified. This bill would similarly prohibit the order/notice to withhold income for the liquidation of the arrearage from exceeding 5% of a person’s total monthly disability compensation if the person who is required to pay child support is a disabled veteran receiving disability compensation from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs who meets specified income requirements and has supplied the local child support agency with proof of receipt of disability compensation and other income and assets. 
AB 2192(Committee on Veterans Affairs)    Governor’s Military Council. 
 Status: 8/28/2020-Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 39. Noes 0.). In Assembly. Ordered to Engrossing and Enrolling. 
 Location: 8/28/2020-A. ENROLLMENT 
 Summary: Current law establishes the Governor’s Military Council that advises the Governor on efforts to retain military installations and operations within the state. Members of the council are appointed by the Governor and include bipartisan representatives from both houses of the Legislature, as specified. Current law repeals the law establishing the council on January 1, 2021.This bill would extend that repeal date to January 1, 2026. 
 AB 3137(Voepel R)    Community colleges: California College Promise: members of the Armed Forces of the United States. 
 Status: 8/28/2020-Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 39. Noes 0.). In Assembly. Ordered to Engrossing and Enrolling. 
 Location: 8/28/2020-A. ENROLLMENT 
 Summary: Would require that a student who is a member of the Armed Forces of the United States, as defined, and is called to duty as specified, may withdraw from participation in the California College Promise and resume participation in the program upon the student’s return from duty without losing eligibility for the fee waiver or any other benefit of the program.  The bill would also provide that the time during which the student was obliged to withdraw because of active duty shall not count toward the limit of the period of that student’s eligibility for participation in California College Promise.                                                                                                                                     
AB 3371 
 (Committee on Veterans Affairs)    Veteran suicides: report. 
 Status: 8/31/2020-Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 5 p.m. 
 Location: 8/31/2020-A. ENROLLED 
 Summary: Current law requires the State Department of Public Health to implement an electronic death registration system and to access data within the system to compile a report on veteran suicide in California that includes information on the veterans’ ages, sexes, races or ethnicities, and methods of suicide. Current law requires the department to provide that report annually to the Legislature and the Department of Veterans Affairs. This bill would require that report to include information on the counties of residence of the veterans, and would authorize the report to include additional information.  
SB 588(Archuleta D) Public contracts: Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Program. 
 Status: 9/1/2020-Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 1 p.m. 
 Location: 9/1/2020-S. ENROLLED 
 Summary: Under current law, the Department of General Services, except in the case of contracts for professional bond services, is the administering agency of the California Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Program, which requires state agencies and all other state entities contracting for materials, supplies, equipment, alteration, repair, or improvement to have at least 3% participation goals for disabled veteran business enterprises (DVBEs), as defined. Current law requires an awarding department, upon completion of an awarded contract for which a commitment to achieve a DVBE goal was made, to require the prime contractor that entered into a subcontract with a DVBE to certify to the awarding department specified information relating to amounts paid under the contract, as specified. This bill would require an awarding department, on a contract entered into on or after January 1 2021, to withhold $10,000, or the full payment if it is less than $10,000, from the final payment on a contract until that certification is received by the awarding department. 
   
SB 907(Archuleta D) Child abuse or neglect investigation: military notification. 
 Status: 8/30/2020-Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 63. Noes 0.) Ordered to the Senate. In Senate. Concurrence in Assembly amendments pending. Ordered to special consent calendar. Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 39. Noes 0.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling. 
 Location: 8/30/2020-S. ENROLLMENTSummary: Would require a county child welfare department investigating a case of child abuse of neglect to determine if the parent or guardian is an active duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States. The bill would authorize the county child welfare department to develop and adopt memoranda of understanding with military installations that would govern the investigation of allegations of child abuse or neglect against active duty service members, as specified. The bill would specify that these provisions do not limit or change the responsibilities of a county child welfare department with respect to investigations of, or responses to, allegations of abuse or neglect.