BILL NUMBER: SB 1127	AMENDED
	BILL TEXT

	AMENDED IN SENATE  APRIL 28, 2010
	AMENDED IN SENATE  MARCH 22, 2010

INTRODUCED BY   Senator Oropeza

                        FEBRUARY 18, 2010

   An act to add Section 712 to the Military and Veterans Code,
relating to veterans.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   SB 1127, as amended, Oropeza. Veterans: 
military-to-civilian life transition:   ailments from
various conflicts  information to family members.
   Existing law establishes the Department of Veterans' Affairs
within state government and sets forth its powers and duties,
including, but not limited to, administration of veterans benefits
programs.
   This bill would require the department to make 
information  available to family members of veterans
returning from active duty  that will help family members
facilitate the transition from military to civilian life 
 user friendly Internet resources that provide information on the
signs of pertinent ailments from various conflicts, as specified,
and printed material regarding those ailments at any public function
of the department. This bill would require counties, whenever 
 possible, to make facilities available to the department or any
of its official representatives or partners for the purpose of
reintegration seminars, briefings, or lectures regarding those
ailments  . 
   By requiring counties to make facilities available to the
department or any of its official representatives, this bill would
impose a state-mandated local program.  
   The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local
agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the
state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that
reimbursement.  
   This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates
determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state,
reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to these
statutory provisions. 
   Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes.
State-mandated local program:  no   yes .



THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

   SECTION 1.    Section 712 is added to the  
Military and Veterans Code   , to read:  
   712.  (a) The department shall make available to family members of
veterans returning from active duty both of the following:
   (1) (A) User friendly Internet resources that provide information
on the signs of pertinent ailments from various conflicts, including,
but not limited to, all of the following:
   (i) From the Vietnam War, exposure to Agent Orange and
post-traumatic stress disorder.
   (ii) From Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm,
exposure to depleted uranium and Gulf War Syndrome.
   (iii) From Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom,
traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.
   (B) The Internet resources shall provide links to the appropriate
agency or person that may help the family members of the veteran
address any issues arising from the ailments specified in
subparagraph (A).
   (2) Printed material regarding the ailments specified in paragraph
(1) at any public function of the department.
   (b) Whenever possible, counties shall make facilities available to
the department or any of its official representatives or partners
including, but not limited to, county veterans service officers or
nonprofit organizations designated by the department, for the purpose
of reintegration seminars, briefings, or lectures regarding the
ailments specified in subdivision (a). If the seminars, briefings, or
lectures are held during regular business hours, counties are
encouraged to offer the facilities at no extra charge. 
   SEC. 2.    If the Commission on State Mandates
determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state,
reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs
shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of
Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.  
  SECTION 1.    Section 712 is added to the Military
and Veterans Code, to read:
   712.  The Department of Veterans Affairs shall make information
available to family members of veterans returning from active duty
that will help family members facilitate the transition from military
to civilian life.