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AB-1931 Department of Veterans Affairs: consolidation of services to veterans.(2011-2012)

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Amended  IN  Senate  July 05, 2012
Amended  IN  Assembly  May 25, 2012
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 16, 2012
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 29, 2012

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2011–2012 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1931


Introduced  by  Assembly Member Gorell

February 22, 2012


An act to add Section 90 to the Military and Veterans Code, relating to veterans.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1931, as amended, Gorell. Department of Veterans Affairs: consolidation of services to veterans.
Existing law establishes the Department of Veterans Affairs, which is responsible for administering various programs and services for the benefit of veterans.
This bill would establish the California Veterans Services and Workforce Development Division within the Department of Veterans Affairs for the purpose of coordinating and administering veterans assistance programs in the state, and would require the division to perform various functions and duties relating to the coordination and administration of veterans assistance programs, as specified. The bill would require the administrative and support staff responsible for the administration of the specified programs to be transferred from the Employment Development Department to the division, and would require the costs of the transfer to utilize existing resources of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 90 is added to the Military and Veterans Code, to read:

90.
 (a) The California Veterans Services and Workforce Development Division is hereby established within the department for the purpose of coordinating and administering veterans assistance programs in the state. The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall have authority over the division.
(b) The division shall do all of the following:
(1) Coordinate with other state agencies, including, but not limited to, the California Interagency Council on Veterans, that provide benefits and assistance to veterans to ensure that information about veterans assistance programs and benefits is made available to all state agencies that serve veterans in the state.
(2) Administer the programs and services described in the federal Jobs for Veterans State Grant Program, including, but not limited to, overseeing the federal Local Veterans’ Employment Representatives program (LVER), and the Transition Assistance Program (TAP), and the Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program (DVOP), as currently administered by the Employment Development Department (EDD). The division shall work with staff from the EDD to develop a plan whereby responsibility for the administration of these programs shall be transferred from the EDD to the division. The development of the plan shall be completed on or before May 1, 2013.
(3) Ensure that other state agencies and officials that are involved in the implementation and administration of veterans services programs are informed when any changes in existing programs are required, or new programs are established that provide assistance and benefits to veterans, and require that those agencies and officials report to the division when those changes occur or new programs are established.
(4) Collaborate with the California Interagency Council on Veterans to implement any further change to the delivery of veterans services not prescribed by the plan in paragraph (2) to implement this section.
(c) (1) In complying with this section, all administrative and support staff responsible for the administration of TAP, DVOP, and the LVER shall be transferred from the EDD to the division.
(2) Any costs associated with the implementation of these transfers shall utilize existing resources of the Department of Veterans Affairs, as the operational cost of these programs utilizes funding from the Jobs for Veterans State Grant program, as prescribed within the United States Department of Labor.