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          SENATE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
                             Senator Ricardo Lara, Chair
                            2015 - 2016  Regular  Session

          AB 442 (Irwin) - Governor's Military Council.
          
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          |Version: March 16, 2015         |Policy Vote: V.A. 5 - 0         |
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          |Urgency: No                     |Mandate: No                     |
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          |Hearing Date: August 17, 2015   |Consultant: Jillian Kissee      |
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          This bill does not meet the criteria for referral to the  
          Suspense File.


          Bill  
          Summary:  This bill codifies the Governor's Military Council,  
          under the direction of the California Military Department.  The  
          bill's provisions sunset on January 1, 2021.


          Fiscal  
          Impact:  
           The California Military Department indicates minimal fiscal  
            impact to the department.


          Background:  The Governor announced the establishment of the Governor's  
          Military Council in March of 2013.  The council was envisioned  
          to advise the Governor as federal priorities shift to cyber  
          security and new military technology to expand defense-industry  
          jobs and investment in the state.  The council was created to  
          also protect California's 29 military installations and  
          operations and the jobs of 236,000 people amid Department of  







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          Defense budget cuts.  The announcement of the council indicated  
          that it will meet for one year and draft specific  
          recommendations to the Governor and Legislature.


          Proposed Law:  
            This bill codifies the Governor's Military Council, under the  
          direction of the California Military Department, in which  
          members are appointed by the Governor.  The council must  
          include, but not be limited to, bipartisan representatives from  
          both houses of the Legislature.  The bill requires the council  
          is to advise the Governor on efforts to retain military  
          installations and operations within the state that are necessary  
          for national defense, and to coordinate those efforts.  


          Related  
          Legislation:  SB 506 (Fuller, 2015) among other things: (1) establishes a  
          process for the designation of a local retention authority to  
          serve as the lead local government entity responsible for  
          efforts to retain local military installations, and (2) creates  
          the Military and Aerospace Program under the Governor's Office  
          of Business and Economic Development to address concerns  
          relating to state and local defense retention, base conversion,  
          and base reuse activities.  SB 506 is pending in this committee.

          SB 121 (Fuller, 2015) requires that school construction projects  
          on military installations eligible for specified federal grants  
          are given priority for funding under the State School Facility  
          program.  SB 121 is pending in the Senate Committee on  
          Education.


          Staff  
          Comments:  According to the California Military Department, it  
          has been supporting the Council out of existing funds since it  
          was created in 2013.  The department has redirected one position  
          and approximately $65,000, and also received an augmentation of  
          $85,000 General Fund in the 2014-15 budget.
          This bill codifies the Governor's Military Council until January  
          1, 2021, guaranteeing its existence at least up until this date.  
           To the extent the Council would have otherwise been  
          discontinued without the enactment of this bill, California  
          Military Department would have likely redirected funds that  








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          supported the Council for other activities. 




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