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          Date of Hearing:  April 14, 2015


                       ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON VETERANS AFFAIRS


                                 Jacqui Irwin, Chair


          AB 442  
          (Irwin) - As Amended March 16, 2015


          SUBJECT:  Governor's Military Council


          SUMMARY:  Codifies the Governor's Military Council, under the  
          direction of the California Military Department, and provides  
          for appointment to the council by the Governor. This bill:


          1)Codifies the existence of the Governor's Military Council.


          2)Requires that the appointments shall include, but not be  
            limited to, bipartisan representatives from both houses of the  
            Legislature. 


          3)States that the provisions of this bill would be repealed on  
            January 1, 2021.  


          EXISTING LAW:  Neither current law nor any current Executive  
          Order pertain to the Governor's Military Council.


          FISCAL EFFECT:  Unknown at this time.









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          COMMENTS:  The recession eases at a slow pace, sequestration,  
          once unthinkable, is now the norm for the foreseeable future,  
          and the Secretary of Defense has repeatedly proposed further  
          rounds of BRAC.  This is the reality of the current state of the  
          country.   Recognizing this, Governor Brown acted boldly and  
          formed the Governor's Military Council.  


          According to the website for the Council:


            On March 28, 2013, the Governor announced the creation of the  
            Governor's Military Council. This Council will position  
            California to maintain and grow military operations in the  
            state. The Department of Defense has announced several  
            strategic shifts, including increasing force strength in the  
            Pacific theater and prioritizing cyber-security, that provide  
            California opportunities to increase military investment in  
            our state. The Council will provide insight to state leaders  
            who are developing a strategy to support and grow military  
            operations in the Golden State.





            As a major investor and landholder in the state, the military  
            provides many economic and environmental benefits to the state  
            as it provides for our nation's security. Similarly,  
            California offers unique geographical, operational and  
            technological benefits to the military installations that call  
            it home. Ensuring that the two continue to support each other  
            is a key focus of this Council.













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            The Council will also articulate the military value of  
            California bases and operations as federal leaders consider  
            cuts and realignment to federal military operations. The  
            Secretary of Defense recently explained that coming military  
            cuts "will impact all 50 states and many districts across  
            America." Recognizing these threats to military operations,  
            the Council will highlight the ongoing military value of  
            California installations, and of the Californians and  
            businesses that support them.


          Governor Brown selected a formidable first Council.  The  
          Honorable Ellen O. Tauscher is the current Chair of the Council.  
           She represented California's 10th Congressional District for  
          more than 12 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, where  
          she chaired the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic  
          Forces. Current Council membership includes many retired flag  
          officers, high-ranking military leaders from all the branches of  
          service, civic and state leaders and includes bipartisan  
          representation from both houses of the Legislature. 


          The purpose of this bill is to codify the Governor's Military  
          Council, under the direction of the California Military  
          Department and provide for appointment to the Council by the  
          Governor. This bill requires that the appointments shall  
          include, but not be limited to, bipartisan representatives from  
          both houses of the Legislature. The statute this bill would  
          create contains a sunset provision for January 1, 2021.   
          Codification of the Council ensures that even if there is  
          leadership change in the Executive Branch, the Council will  
          remain for at least a reasonable period into the future and then  
          its utility will be reevaluated.





          A consistent theme and lesson-learned that staff has heard from  








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          the defense community in California is that vigilance, active  
          early engagement, and a unified message are vital when it comes  
          to BRAC.  These strategies ensure that the value of California's  
          defense community and unique installations is well-articulated  
          and heard by decisionmakers in both the pre-BRAC phase as well  
          as during BRAC itself.





          REGISTERED SUPPORT / OPPOSITION:




          Support


          None on File.




          Opposition


          None on File. 




          Analysis Prepared by:John Spangler / V.A. / (916) 319-3550














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