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                                    THIRD READING

          Bill No:  AB 151
          Author:   Olsen (R), et al.
          Amended:  6/19/13 in Senate
          Vote:     21

           SENATE VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE  :  7-0, 7/9/13
          AYES:  Hueso, Knight, Block, Correa, Lieu, Nielsen, Roth
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Vacancy

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR  :  75-0, 4/11/13 (Consent) - See last page for  

           SUBJECT  :    Local government:  disabled veterans:  assistance

           SOURCE  :     Author

           DIGEST  :    This bill authorizes the governing board of a county  
          to grant financial assistance, relief, and support to a disabled  
          veteran, as defined.

           ANALYSIS  :    Existing law authorizes a county board of  
          supervisors to grant financial assistance, relief, and support  
          (as specified) to indigent veterans.

          This bill authorizes a county board of supervisors to grant  
          financial assistance, relief, and support to a disabled veteran  
          (as defined).



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           State veterans benefits  .  Although most veterans' benefits are  
          provided by the federal government, California offers several  
          programs to support veterans.  A partial list includes:

          1.Waiver of college tuition fees for veterans' dependents at  
            California Community Colleges, the California State  
            Universities and the Universities of California system.

          2.Free disabled veteran "DV" handicap parking license plates for  
            qualified veterans.

          3.Waiver of municipal, county and state business license fees  
            and taxes for veterans for specified business activities.

          4.Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) Program,

          5.Preference in civil service examinations.

           Local government assistance to indigent veterans  .  Existing law  
          allows county boards of supervisors to provide financial  
          assistance to indigent veterans. More specifically, Military and  
          Veterans Code Section 921 provides that:

            "The board of supervisors of any county may grant financial  
            assistance, relief, and support to indigent veterans. Such  
            assistance, relief, and support shall be administered  
            through and by any military, naval, or marine organization  
            created for the purpose of aiding, relieving and supporting  
            such veterans under the terms and conditions set forth in  
            this article."

          The above provision applies to an indigent person who qualifies  
          as a veteran, as defined as:

            " . . . (A) person who has been honorably discharged from  
            the United States Army, United States Navy, United States  
            Air Force, United States Marine Corps, United States Coast  
            Guard, the Merchant Marine, or the American Red Cross, and  
            who has served in any war."

           Similar programs for disabled veterans  .  The United States  
          Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides federal grants to  
          military service members and veterans with certain permanent and  
          total service-connected disabilities to help purchase or  



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          construct an adapted home, or modify an existing home to  
          accommodate a disability.  Two grant programs exist (1) the  
          Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) grant and (2) the Special  
          Housing Adaptation (SHA) grant.

          SAH Grant

           1.SAH grants help veterans with certain service-connected  
            disabilities live independently in a barrier-free environment.  
            SAH grants can be used in one of the following ways:

             A.   Construct a specially adapted home on land to be  

             B.   Build a home on land already owned if it is suitable for  

             C.   Remodel an existing home if it can be made suitable for  

             D.   Apply the grant against the unpaid principal mortgage  
               balance of an adapted home already acquired without the  
               assistance of a VA grant.

           SHA Grant
          1.SHA grants help veterans with certain service-connected  
            disabilities adapt or purchase a home to accommodate the  
            disability.  SHA grants may be used in one of the following  

             A.   Adapt an existing home the veteran or a family member  
               already owns in which the veteran lives.

             B.   Adapt a home the veteran or family member intends to  
               purchase in which the Veteran will live.

             C.   Help a veteran purchase a home already adapted in which  
               the veteran will live.

           FISCAL EFFECT  :    Appropriation:  No   Fiscal Com.:  No   Local:  

           SUPPORT  :   (Verified  7/10/13)



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          American Legion-Department of California
          AMVETS, Department of California
          California Association of County Veterans Service Officers 
          California State Association of Counties 
          California State Commanders Veterans Council
          County of San Diego
          Mono County Board of Supervisors
          Rural County Representatives of California 
          Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of California
          Vietnam Veterans of America, California State Council

           ARGUMENTS IN SUPPORT  :    According to the author, "Each county  
          is entitled to collect fees for home modifications,  
          improvements, and inspections.  Many military members who have  
          returned home from active duty must retrofit their homes in some  
          fashion to accommodate disabilities and other injuries sustained  
          during service.  The process is often drawn out and expensive.   
          This becomes a burden for those who are trying to readjust to  
          civilian life?Counties are able to waive fees for low-income  
          veterans, but would like to be able to extend this service to  
          disabled veterans."

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR  :  75-0, 4/11/13
          AYES:  Achadjian, Alejo, Allen, Ammiano, Atkins, Bigelow, Bloom,  
            Blumenfield, Bocanegra, Bonilla, Bonta, Bradford, Brown,  
            Buchanan, Ian Calderon, Campos, Chau, Chávez, Chesbro, Conway,  
            Cooley, Dahle, Daly, Dickinson, Donnelly, Eggman, Fong, Fox,  
            Frazier, Beth Gaines, Garcia, Gatto, Gomez, Gordon, Gorell,  
            Gray, Grove, Hagman, Hall, Roger Hernández, Holden, Jones,  
            Levine, Linder, Logue, Maienschein, Mansoor, Medina, Melendez,  
            Mitchell, Morrell, Mullin, Muratsuchi, Nazarian, Nestande,  
            Olsen, Pan, Perea, V. Manuel Pérez, Quirk, Quirk-Silva,  
            Rendon, Salas, Skinner, Stone, Ting, Torres, Wagner, Waldron,  
            Weber, Wieckowski, Wilk, Williams, Yamada, John A. Pérez
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Harkey, Jones-Sawyer, Lowenthal, Patterson,  

          AL:d  7/10/13   Senate Floor Analyses 

                           SUPPORT/OPPOSITION:  SEE ABOVE

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