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          Date of Hearing:   May 4, 2010

                                 Mary Hayashi, Chair
                    AB 2500 (Hagman) - As Amended:  April 26, 2010
          SUBJECT  :   Business and professions: licenses: penalty fees:  

           SUMMARY  :   Waives the penalty fee for late renewal of any type  
          of state license issued by a board, as defined, for a member of  
          the California National Guard or the United States Armed Forces,  
          who was on active duty, serving outside of this state in a  
          military conflict during a time of war at the time of the lapse  
          of the license.  Specifically,  this bill  :  

          1)Requires boards, as defined, to waive penalty fees for late  
            licensure renewal for members of the California National Guard  
            or the United States (U.S.) Armed Forces who were on active  
            duty, serving outside of the state in a military conflict  
            during a time of war, as defined, at the time of the lapse of  
            the license.

          2)Requires the member to submit a copy of his or her official  
            military orders upon request the waiver of the penalty fee.

          3)Defines "board" to mean any entity under the Department of  
            Consumer Affairs (DCA), the State Board of Chiropractic  
            Examiners, the Osteopathic Medical Board of California, the  
            State Bar, the Department of Real Estate, and any other state  
            agency that issues a license, certificate, or registration  
            authorizing a person to engage in a business or profession.

           EXISTING LAW  :

          1)Establishes various boards and bureaus for professional  
            licensure under the DCA.

          2)Defines "war" to mean: 

            a)   Whenever Congress has declared war and peace has not been  
                   formally restored; 

        b)   Whenever the U.S. is engaged in active military operations  


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               against any foreign power, whether or not war has been  
               formally declared; or,

        c)   Whenever the U.S. is assisting the United Nations, in actions  
               involving the use of armed force, to restore international  
               peace and security.

           FISCAL EFFECT  :   Unknown

           COMMENTS  :   

           Purpose of this bill  .  According to the author's office, "As it  
          currently stands, if a member of the military is sent outside of  
          the state for the purposes of being deployed for active duty,  
          and in the meantime one of his/her state licenses expire, that  
          member of the military will be forced to pay a late renewal fee  
          once he/she comes back into the state.

          "AB 2500 would fix the problem by granting an exemption for  
          those cases.  The individual would have to show proof that  
          he/she was outside of the state on active duty in order to  
          receive this exemption.

          "I believe we should not punish the courageous men and women of  
          the armed forces who put their lives at risk everyday on our  
          behalf.  It is unfair to make them pay a fine when they're away  
          defending our freedoms."

           Previous legislation  .

          AB 1952 (Berg), Chapter 435, Statutes of 2008, exempts honorably  
          discharged veterans who are California residents from paying  
          city, county and state license fees.

          AB 839 (Emmerson), Chapter 194, Statutes of 2007, adds National  
          Guard members to the list of military services who would be  
          exempt from having to renew their real estate license while  
          serving on active duty.


          None on file.


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          None on file.
          Analysis Prepared by  :    Rebecca May / B.,P. & C.P. / (916)