AB 717, as amended, Chávez. Veterans.
(1) Existing law establishes the California Veterans Board, composed of 7 members with specified qualifications who are appointed by the Governor and subject to the confirmation of the Senate, to determine the policies for all operations of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
This bill would require the board to
begin delete instead serve as an advisory body toend delete the Secretary of the Department of Veterans of Affairs. This bill would also eliminate certain qualifications to be a member of the board, and require every board member to be a member in good standing with a congressionally chartered veteran service organization.
(2) Existing law requires the board to annually report to the Legislature regarding the activities, accomplishments, and expenditures of the board.
This bill would repeal this requirement.
(3) Existing law sets forth the duties of the secretary and the board with regard to the administration of the department to benefit California veterans.
This bill would require the secretary and the board to each seek to confer with the California State Commanders Veterans Council at least twice per calendar year on issues affecting California veterans.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
Section 66.5 of the Military and Veterans Code is
18amended to read:
(a) Every member of the board shall be a member in
20good standing with a congressionally chartered veteran service
22(b) One member of the board shall have substantial training,
23professional knowledge, or experience in the issues faced by female
24veterans which may include, but are not limited to, the following
26(1) Combat-related disorders.
27(2) Sexual trauma.
P3 1(c) Nothing in this section shall be
construed to prohibit any
2member of the board from serving the remainder of his or her term.
Section 69.5 of the Military and Veterans Code is
Section 72 of the Military and Veterans Code is
8amended to read:
The California Veterans Board shall
begin delete serve as an advisory .
10body to the secretaryend delete
Section 73.4 is added to the Military and Veterans
16Code, to read:
The secretary and the board shall each seek to confer
18with the California State Commanders Veterans Council at least
19twice per calendar year on issues affecting California veterans.