Amended in Assembly March 16, 2015

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 442

Introduced by Assembly Member Irwin

February 23, 2015

An act to add and repeal Section 59 of the Military and Veterans Code, relating to military bases.


AB 442, as amended, Irwin. Governor’s Military Council.

Existing law establishes the California Military Department, which contains the California National Guard, the State Military Reserve, and other offices.

This bill would codify the Governor’s Military Council, under the direction of the California Military Department, and would provide for appointment to the council by thebegin delete governorend deletebegin insert Governorend insert. The bill wouldbegin delete provideend deletebegin insert requireend insert that the appointmentsbegin delete may include policy level representatives from specified areasend deletebegin insert shall include, but not be limited to, bipartisan representatives from both houses of the Legislatureend insert. The provisions of this bill wouldbegin delete remain operative only untilend deletebegin insert be repealed onend insert January 1, 2021.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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The Legislature finds and declares as follows:

2(a) California is home to 29 federal military installations and
3the United States Department of Defense directly employs more
P2    1than 236,000 people in California. In an effort to protect and
2expand the military’s vital role in national security and California’s
3economy, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. established the
4Governor’s Military Council and appointed former Congresswoman
5and Under Secretary of State Ellen Tauscher as chair. The
6Governor’s Military Council works to protect California’s military
7installations and operations amid ongoing United States
8Department of Defense budget cuts, and leverage changes in federal
9military strategy to position the state to continue innovation and
10 leadership in its military mission.

11(b) The Military Council articulates the unique national defense
12value of California installations, and the importance of the
13Californians and businesses that support them. The Military
14Council also provides insight to state policy leaders on how state
15government can ensure that California serves as an operating
16environment for military and defense operations.

17(c) The Military Council has convened several meetings
18throughout the state over the last year to tour installations and
19gather information and input from military commanders, business
20leaders, and community support organizations. The Military
21Council will deliver a report with recommendations to state leaders
22inbegin insert theend insert summerbegin insert ofend insert 2015.

23(d) The effect of sequestration and the continuing prospect of
24base reduction and closure necessitate that California maintain
25vigilance and speak with a unified voice to protect and enhance
26the United States Department of Defense mission in California.


SEC. 2.  

Section 59 is added to the Military and Veterans Code,
28to read:



(a) There is in the state government a Governor’s Military
30Council (council) that shall serve under the direction of the Military
31Department and consist of members appointed by thebegin delete governor.end delete
32begin insert Governor.end insert The council shall advise thebegin delete governorend deletebegin insert Governorend insert on
33efforts to retain military installations and operations within this
34state that are necessary for the defense of the nation, and to
35coordinate and focus those efforts.

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36(b) The council membership may include, but is not limited to,
37policy level representatives from the following:

38(1) The Governor’s Advisor on Military Affairs.

39(2) The Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and
40Economic Development.

P3    1(3) The Secretary for Environmental Protection.

2(4) The Director of Employment Development.

3(5) The Director of State Planning and Research.

4(6) The Chairperson of the State Energy Resources Conservation
5and Development Commission.

6(7) The Secretary of Transportation.

7(8) The Executive Director of the Employment Training Panel.

8(9) The Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency.

9(10) The President of the University of California.

10(11) The Chancellor of the California State University.

11(12) The Chancellor of the California Community Colleges.

12(13) The President pro Tempore of the Senate.

13(14) The Speaker of the Assembly.

14(15) The State Air Resources Board.

15(16) The State Energy Resources Conservation and Development

17(17) Any other legislative offices, state agencies, local
18governments, industry, civic, and research organizations that may
19have an interest in defense-related activities.

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20(b) The council shall include, but not be limited to, bipartisan
21representatives from both houses of the Legislature. Senate
22representatives shall be nominated by the Senate Committee on
23Rules and Assembly representatives shall be nominated by the
24Speaker of the Assembly.

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25(c) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2021,
26and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that
27is enacted before January 1, 2021, deletes or extends that date.