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AB-315 State parks: veteran of war: Purple Heart recipient.(2013-2014)

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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2013–2014 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 315


Introduced by Committee on Veterans Affairs

February 12, 2013


An act to amend Section 5011.5 of the Public Resources Code, relating to state parks.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 315, as introduced, Committee on Veterans Affairs. State parks: veteran of war: Purple Heart recipient.
Existing law requires the Department of Parks and Recreation to issue a park pass for use of all park facilities in the state park system to a veteran of war in which the United States has been, or may be, engaged who is a resident of this state, who presents to the department proof of a disability, proof of being held captive as a prisoner of war, or proof of being a recipient of a Congressional Medal of Honor, as provided.
This bill would make the recipient of a Purple Heart eligible for the pass.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 5011.5 of the Public Resources Code is amended to read:

5011.5.
 (a) A veteran of a war in which the United States has been, or may be engaged, who is a resident of this state, upon presentation to the department of proof of disability, proof of being held captive as a prisoner of war, or proof of being a recipient of a Congressional Medal of Honor or a Purple Heart, and proof of an honorable discharge from service, upon application therefor, shall be issued a pass entitling the bearer to the use of all facilities, including boat launching facilities, in units of the state park system.
(b) As used in this section:
(1) “Veteran” means a former member of the Armed Forces of the United States who has a 50 percent or greater service-connected disability, or who was held as a prisoner of war by forces hostile to the United States, as certified by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, and who was honorably discharged from service.
(2) “War” means that period of time commencing when Congress declares war or when the Armed Forces of the United States are engaged in active military operations against a foreign power, whether or not war has been formally declared, and ending upon the termination of hostilities as proclaimed by the President of the United States.