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                                    THIRD READING


          Bill No:  SB 725
          Author:   Anderson (R)
          Amended:  5/14/13
          Vote:     21

           
           SENATE VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE  :  6-0, 4/9/13
          AYES: Hueso, Knight, Block, Correa, Lieu, Nielsen
          NO VOTE RECORDED: Roth, Vacancy

           SENATE GOVERNANCE & FINANCE COMMITTEE  :  7-0, 5/8/13
          AYES:  Wolk, Knight, Beall, DeSaulnier, Emmerson, Hernandez, Liu


           SUBJECT  :    Veterans buildings and memorials:  county and city  
          property:
                      retrofit remodel

           SOURCE  :     American Legion  Department of California
                      AMVETS  Department of California


           DIGEST  :    This bill expands the types of local governments that  
          cannot revoke the dedication of a specified veterans' facility  
          to include a city and county, or charter city.

           ANALYSIS  :    

          Existing law:

          1.Authorizes counties and cities to provide and maintain  
            buildings, memorials, or meeting places for the use of  
            veterans' organizations (SB 935, Irwin, 1921 and AB 688,  
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            Burns, 1927).  

          2.Allows a county to act jointly with a city to provide and  
            maintain public spaces for veterans.  Title to property  
            acquired for this purpose may be held jointly or transferred  
            to a county or a city.


          3.Requires that when a county provides a facility for the use of  
            or benefit of veterans' organizations, its acceptance by the  
            veterans' organizations constitutes a dedication of that  
            property to a public purpose (SB 544, Dills, 1989).  The  
            county may not revoke the dedication unless:

                     The veterans' organizations violate the terms and  
                 conditions of dedication, 
                     The county dedicates substitute facilities, 
                     The veterans' organizations consent to the proposed  
                 county action, or
                     The veterans' organizations abandon the use of the  
                 facility.

          This bill:

          1.Expands the types of local governments that cannot revoke the  
            dedication of a specified veterans' facility to include a  
            city, city and county, or charter city.

          2.Clarifies that a county, city, city and county, or charter  
            city may not revoke the dedication of specified facilities to  
            a veterans' service organization, on grounds of abandonment,  
            if the organization was required to move out in order for the  
            property to undergo seismic retrofitting or remodeling.

          3.Makes additional non-substantive changes, including replacing  
            the term "veterans' association" with "veterans association or  
            veterans service organization."

           Background
           
          In 2009, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a  
          $45.3 million renovation of the Bob Hope Patriotic Hall, which  
          was built in 1925.   According to the Los Angeles Times, the  
          renovation included replacement of the building's mechanical,  

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          electrical, plumbing, and ventilation systems.  Tenants were  
          moved out of the building into temporary quarters until the  
          renovation was completed.  In 2012, as the project neared  
          completion, several veterans groups, including the American  
          Legion, expressed concern that they would not be getting their  
          original office space, creating concern that a veterans'  
          organization's right of return could be in question. 

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

           SUPPORT  :   (Verified  5/14/13)

          American Legion - Department of California (co-source) 
          AMVETS - Department of California (co-source) 
          California Association of County Veterans Service Officers
          California State Commanders Veterans Council
          Veterans of Foreign Wars - Department of California
          Vietnam Veterans of America - CA State Council


          AL:nld  5/14/13   Senate Floor Analyses 

                           SUPPORT/OPPOSITION:  SEE ABOVE

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