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          Date of Hearing:  April 22, 2015


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                                 Jimmy Gomez, Chair


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


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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  NoReimbursable:  No


          SUMMARY:


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








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          1) Codifies the existence of the Governor's Military Council,  
            but sunsets the provisions of the bill on January 1, 2021. 


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


          FISCAL EFFECT:


          Minor absorbable costs to the Military Department.


          COMMENTS:


          1)Background.  According to the Governor's Military Council  
            Website:


            "In an effort to protect and expand the military's vital role  
            in national security and California's economy, Governor Edmund  
            G. Brown Jr. today [3-28-2013] established the Governor's  
            Military Council and appointed former Congresswoman and Under  
            Secretary of State Ellen Tauscher as chair. 



            'California plays a crucial role in our nation's defense, and  
            military bases and activities are vital to our state's  
            economy,' said Governor Brown.  As federal priorities shift to  
            cyber security and new military technology, this Council will  
            work to expand defense-industry jobs and investment in  
            California."









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            California is home to 29 federal military installations and  
            the Department of Defense directly employs more than 236,000  
            people in California. The Governor's Military Council will  
            work to protect California's military installations and  
            operations amid ongoing Department of Defense budget cuts, and  
            leverage changes in federal military strategy to position the  
            state to continue innovation and leadership in its military  
            mission. 

            'California's military infrastructure is critically important  
            to national security,' Tauscher said. 'The Council will send a  
            unified message to Washington, D.C., that highlights the value  
            of our military bases.'"
          2)Purpose.  According to the author, "Though the Governor has  
            shown leadership and created the Council, it lacks any  
            foundation in statute or executive order to give it  
            permanence."
            AB 442 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  
            requires that the appointments include bipartisan  
            representatives from both houses of the Legislature.  





          Analysis Prepared by:Pedro R. Reyes / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081


















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