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          CONCURRENCE IN SENATE AMENDMENTS
          AB 151 (Olsen)
          As Amended  June 19, 2013
          Majority vote
           
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          |ASSEMBLY:  |75-0 |(April 11,      |SENATE: |37-0 |(August 19,    |
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           Original Committee Reference:   L. GOV.  

           SUMMARY  :  Allows the governing board of any county to grant  
          financial assistance, relief, and support to a disabled veteran.  
           

           The Senate amendments  delete the prior language and instead  
          allow the governing board of any county to grant financial  
          assistance, relief, and support to a disabled veteran, defined  
          in current law as a veteran of the military, naval, or air  
          service of the United States, including, but not limited to, the  
          Philippine Commonwealth Army, the Regular Scouts, "Old Scouts,"  
          and the Special Philippine Scouts, "New Scouts," who has at  
          least a 10% service-connected disability and who is domiciled in  
          the state.

           EXISTING LAW  :

          1)Allows the board of supervisors of any county or the  
            legislative body of any city to grant financial assistance,  
            relief, and support to indigent veterans, and specifies that  
            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.

          2)Allows eligible veterans to hawk, peddle and vend any goods,  
            wares or merchandise owned by him, as specified, without  
            payment of any business license, tax or fee by any  
            municipality, county or the state.

           AS PASSED BY THE ASSEMBLY , this bill:  

          1)Allowed a governing board of any county or city to grant  
            financial assistance, relief, and support to disabled veterans  








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            by reducing or waiving building inspection or permit fees  
            charged by the county or city for the modification of a  
            dwelling owned by a disabled veteran for the purpose of making  
            the dwelling more accessible.

          2)Required the governing body to use its general fund or other  
            appropriate revenue source to compensate for the difference  
            between a fee reduced or waived pursuant to the bill's  
            provisions and the fee that would otherwise be charged.

          3)Used the same definition for "disabled veteran" as existing  
            law, which is defined as "a veteran of the military, naval, or  
            air service of the United States, including, but not limited  
            to, the Philippine Commonwealth Army, the Regular Scouts, 'Old  
            Scouts,' and the Special Philippine Scouts, 'New Scouts,' who  
            has at least a 10-percent service-connected disability and who  
            is domiciled in the state."

           FISCAL EFFECT  :  None

           COMMENTS  :  This bill allows counties to grant financial  
          assistance, relief, and support to disabled veterans.

          California offers several programs targeted to benefit the needs  
          of veterans.  According to the California Department of Veterans  
          Affairs, there are programs in place that waive college tuition  
          fees for veterans' dependents at community colleges, the  
          California State University (CSU) and University of California  
          (UC) system, a Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Program, and  
          a program that gives veterans preference in civil service  
          examinations.  Additionally, there are programs that waive motor  
          vehicle registration fees, provide free "DV" handicap parking  
          license plates for qualified veterans, allow for reduced fishing  
          and hunting license fees for veterans, provide lifetime  
          California Parks passes, and allow for a waiver of municipal,  
          county and state business license fees and taxes for veterans  
          for specified business activities.  This bill could provide  
          additional benefits for disabled veterans in those counties that  
          choose to extend a financial helping hand.

          This bill is similar to AB 1592 (Olsen) of 2012, which allowed  
          the governing board of any city or county to grant financial  
          assistance, relief, and support to disabled veterans by reducing  
          or waiving building inspection or permit fees charged by the  
          city or county for the modification of a dwelling owned by a  








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          disabled veteran for the purpose of making the dwelling more  
          accessible.  The bill required the governing body to use its  
          general fund or other appropriate revenue source to compensate  
          for the difference between a fee reduced or waived and the fee  
          that would otherwise be charged.  AB 1592 was held in Senate  
          Rules.

          Support arguments:  This bill is permissive in nature and allows  
          counties to grant financial assistance, relief, and support to  
          disabled veterans in the same manner that counties and cities  
          are able to do for indigent veterans.

          Opposition arguments:  While this bill is permissive and does  
          not require local governments to grant financial assistance,  
          relief, and support to disabled veterans, there is some question  
          about whether legislation is needed to allow counties to engage  
          in this practice.

           
          Analysis Prepared by  :    Angela Mapp / L. GOV. / (916) 319-3958 


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