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                                   THIRD READING 

          Bill No:  AB 442
          Author:   Irwin (D)
          Amended:  3/16/15 in Assembly
          Vote:     21  

           AYES:  Nielsen, Hueso, Allen, Nguyen, Roth

           AYES:  Lara, Bates, Beall, Hill, Leyva, Mendoza, Nielsen

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR:  77-0, 4/30/15 (Consent) - See last page for  

           SUBJECT:   Governors Military CouncilGovernors Military  

          SOURCE:    Author

          DIGEST:  This bill codifies the Governors Military Council,  
          under the direction of the California Military Department (CMD);  
          provides for appointment to the Council by the Governor; and  
          self-repeals on January 1, 2021.

          Existing law:

          1)Establishes the State's active militia, which consists of the  
            National Guard, State Military Reserve, and Naval Militia,  
            under the direction of the Adjutant General (TAG).


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          2)Authorizes a state active duty (SAD) program, which provides  
            full-time uniformed state military personnel, who serve  
            full-time on state active duty at the Governor's call and  
            perform a wide variety of military-related tasks.

          3)Provides for the CMD, which, among other things, manages the  
            active militia and SAD program, under the direction of the  

          This bill:

          1)Codifies the Governor's Military Council, under the direction  
            of the CMD.

          2)Provides for appointment to the Council by the Governor.

          3)Requires the appointments to include, but not be limited to,  
            bipartisan representatives from both houses of the  

          4)Self-repeals on January 1, 2021.

          California and the Military.  California has a strategic  
          location, unique landscape and valuable resources that help  
          further U.S. military readiness for actions around the globe. As  
          a result, the Department of Defense (DoD) has made many economic  
          and technological investments in the state, including large  
          investments in land and military installations. The state's  
          unique resources and the military's investments have fostered a  
          strong partnership, and the ensuing collaboration is vital for  
          economic, resource management, and military readiness reasons.

          State and local economies are influenced by the military's  
          presence. The burden of maintaining this partnership often falls  
          on the shoulders of cities and counties. In addition to juggling  
          the competing demands of expanding development, promoting  
          economic development and upholding environmental quality  
          standards, local governments also must consider the needs of  
          local military installations in their land use planning.

          Traditionally, military installations were strategically located  
          in underdeveloped areas so as to avoid land use conflicts. As  


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          the population of the state has continued to grow and  
          communities continued to expand outward, the need for stronger  
          relationships and communication between local governments and  
          the military developed. Without adequate communication and  
          coordinated land use efforts, military missions, quality of life  
          and public safety are increasingly jeopardized. Growth  
          encroaching on a military installation so as to hinder its  
          mission can contribute to the installation's closure.

          The federal government worked its way through four initial  
          iterations of the BRAC process between late 1988 and 1993.  
          Nationally, that process led to the closing of 350 large and  
          small military bases and 55 major realignments. Reportedly, this  
          saved federal taxpayers more than $16 billion through 2001 and  
          six billion dollars more each subsequent year.  

          Prior to 1988, California had, by far, the largest military  
          presence of any state, and was home to 335,979 (14.7%) of DoD's  
          total 2,275,264 personnel and 91 (18.3%) of the 495 major  
          military bases then scattered around the nation.  Not  
          surprisingly, the 1990s' Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC)  
          cuts fell heavily on California.

          Through the first four rounds (1988, 1991, 1993, 1995), the  
          state suffered the loss of 93,546 uniformed and civilian DoD  
          jobs, which represented 53.8% of the net cuts nationally.  
          California lost nearly 28 percent of its military personnel,  
          while the rest of the nation saw a reduction of just 3.6  
          percent. In terms of major base closures, California lost 24  
          installations; Texas, seven; Pennsylvania, six; Illinois and New  
          York, five each; and Florida, Indiana, Maryland and Virginia,  
          four each. (Unlike the previous rounds, the fifth BRAC round in  
          2005 focused more on realignment than closure and had little  
          negative impact on California.)

          Governor's Military Council.  On March 28, 2013, the Governor  
          announced the creation of the Governor's Military Council. The  
          Council's mission is to help position California to maintain and  
          grow military operations within the state. The DoD has announced  
          several strategic shifts, including increasing force strength in  
          the Pacific theater and prioritizing cyber-security, which  
          provide opportunities to increase military investment in our  
          state. The Council also is intended to provide insight to state  
          leaders who are developing a strategy to support and grow  


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          military operations.

          The Council also is charged with articulating 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." The Council's website says that, in 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.

          Current Council membership includes many retired flag officers,  
          high-ranking military leaders from all the branches of the armed  
          forces, civic and state leaders, and includes bipartisan  
          representation from both houses of the Legislature. Currently,  
          Senators Fuller and Roth and Assembly Members Chávez and Irwin  
          serve as the state legislative representatives to the Council.

          Related Legislation
          SB 506 (Fuller, 2015), among other things, (1) establishes a  
          process for designating 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 (GO-Biz) to address concerns  
          relating to state and local defense retention, base conversion  
          and base reuse activities. (Pending, Senate Committee on  

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

          AJR 11 (Burke and Atkins, Res. Chapter 68, Statutes of 2015)  
          memorialized the President and Congress of the United States to  
          recognize the unique military value of California's defense  
          installations and the disproportionate sacrifices California  
          endured in previous BRAC rounds.

          FISCAL EFFECT:   Appropriation:    No          Fiscal  


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          Com.:YesLocal:   No

          According to the Senate Appropriations Committee, the CMD  
          "indicates minimal fiscal impact to the department."

          SUPPORT:   (Verified8/18/15)

          American Legion - Department of California
          AMVETS - Department of California
          California Association of County Veterans Service Officers 
          California State Commanders Veteran Council
          Military Officers Association of America - California Council of  
          San Diego Military Advisor Council
          San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation
          Veterans of Foreign Wars - Department of California
          Vietnam Veterans of American - California State Council

          OPPOSITION:   (Verified8/18/15)

          None received

          ASSEMBLY FLOOR:  77-0, 4/30/15
          AYES:  Achadjian, Alejo, Travis Allen, Baker, Bigelow, Bloom,  
            Bonilla, Bonta, Brough, Brown, Burke, Calderon, Chang, Chau,  
            Chiu, Chu, Cooley, Cooper, Dababneh, Dahle, Daly, Dodd,  
            Eggman, Frazier, Beth Gaines, Gallagher, Cristina Garcia,  
            Eduardo Garcia, Gatto, Gipson, Gonzalez, Gordon, Gray, Grove,  
            Hadley, Harper, Roger Hernández, Holden, Irwin, Jones,  
            Jones-Sawyer, Kim, Lackey, Levine, Linder, Lopez, Low,  
            Maienschein, Mathis, Mayes, McCarty, Medina, Melendez, Mullin,  
            Nazarian, Obernolte, O'Donnell, Olsen, Patterson, Perea,  
            Quirk, Rendon, Ridley-Thomas, Rodriguez, Salas, Santiago,  
            Steinorth, Mark Stone, Thurmond, Ting, Wagner, Waldron, Weber,  
            Wilk, Williams, Wood, Atkins
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Campos, Chávez, Gomez


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          Prepared by:Wade Cooper Teasdale / V.A. / (916) 651-1503
          8/19/15 20:53:29

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