AB 287, as amended, Frazier. Vietnam veterans’ memorial: update.
Existing law authorized the construction of a memorial to California’s Vietnam veterans on the grounds of the State Capitol, as specified, and provided that funds for the construction of the memorial would be provided through private contributions. Existing law requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to establish a statewide Veterans Memorial Registry, and to make it available on that department’s Internet Web site.
begin delete wouldend delete, until January 1, 2020, require the begin delete Department of Veterans Affairsend delete to annually compile a list of names of Vietnam veterans to be added to the memorial, as specified. The bill would require the department to form a specified committee to review and consider requests from the public to include names on the memorial, as specified. The bill would authorize the names on the list to be added to the memorial if specified requirements are met, including that adequate private funding is available.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 1300) of
2Division 6 of the Military and Veterans Code is repealed.
Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 1300) is added
4to Division 6 of the Military and Veterans Code, to read:
For the purposes of this chapter, “Vietnam Veterans
9Memorial” means the memorial to California’s Vietnam veterans
10on the grounds of the State Capitol.
(a) The Department of Veterans Affairs shall compile
12a list of names of Vietnam veterans to be added to the Vietnam
13Veterans Memorial. The department shall compile the list by
14November 1, 2014, and by November 1 of each year thereafter.
15(b) The department shall form a committee by July 1, 2014,
16chaired by the secretary or his or her designee and consisting of
17three representatives from the California State Commanders
18Veterans Council and two representatives from the Vietnam
19Veterans of America, California State Council, to review and
20consider requests to include names on the memorial pursuant to
21the requirements of subdivision (c). The committee’s decisions
22shall be final.
list compiled pursuant to subdivision (a) shall contain
24the names of those
begin delete individualsend delete that are
25not included on the memorial at the time the list is compiled,
26including the names of veterans that were inadvertently left off of
27the memorial and the names of veterans who later died as a result
28of illness or injuries, including physical or mental injuries
29documented by the Department of Defense, the Veterans
30Administration, or licensed medical professionals, that can
P3 1reasonably be assumed to have resulted from military service in
2the Vietnam war.
3(d) Any veterans’ service organization or individual may submit
4the name of a veteran to the committee requesting it to be included
5on the list of names prepared pursuant to subdivision (a).
6(e) The names on the list compiled pursuant to subdivision (a)
7may be added to the memorial if adequate private funding is
8available and there is sufficient space on the memorial to
9accommodate the names.
10(f) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2020,
11and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that
12is enacted before January 1, 2020, deletes or extends that date.