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          Date of Hearing:   May 6, 2015


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                                 Jimmy Gomez, Chair


          AB  
          1530 (Committee on Veterans Affairs) - As Introduced March 18,  
          2015


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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  NoReimbursable:  No


          SUMMARY:


          This bill revises the definition of "veteran", as it pertains to  
          veterans service organizations that volunteer to serve as a  
          veterans service advocate at each facility under the  








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          jurisdiction of the California Department of Corrections (CDCR),  
          by deleting the reference to the American Red Cross and  
          including a person who has been discharged from the National  
          Guard of any state.  


          FISCAL EFFECT:


          Negligible costs.


          COMMENTS:


          Background and Purpose.  Assembly Bill 2263 (Bradford) Chapter  
          652, Statutes of 2014, defined "veteran", for purposes of  
          providing assistance to veterans in state correctional  
          facilities, to mean a person who has been discharged from the  
          United States Army, United States Navy, United States Air Force,  
          United States Marine Corps, United States Coast Guard, the  
          Merchant Marine, or the American Red Cross. The term veteran  
          commonly applies to a person who served in the active military,  
          naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released  
          therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable. The American  
          Red Cross is not a military organization. The National Guard is  
          a military organization.  


          It is the general intent of this bill to clarify that assistance  
          to former military members who are incarcerated is a benefit not  
          available to those who have not undertaken military service.  It  
          has been the policy of this state to include the National Guard  
          explicitly where appropriate to clarify that its members are  
          included.  












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