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AB-2563 Veterans: service advocate: correctional facilities.(2015-2016)

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Assembly Bill No. 2563
CHAPTER 203

An act to amend Section 2695.5 of the Penal Code, relating to veterans.

[ Approved by Governor  August 26, 2016. Filed with Secretary of State  August 26, 2016. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2563, Committee on Veterans Affairs. Veterans: service advocate: correctional facilities.
Existing law establishes the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to oversee the state prison system. Under existing law, the department is required to develop guidance policies relative to the release of veterans who are inmates with the intent to assist them in pursuing claims for federal veterans’ benefits, or in establishing rights to any other privilege, preference, care, or compensation provided under federal or state law because of honorable service in the military.
Existing law authorizes a veterans service organization to volunteer to serve as a veterans service advocate at each facility that is under the jurisdiction of the department. Under existing law, the advocate is authorized to develop a veterans economic recidivism prevention plan for each inmate who is a veteran. Existing law defines “veteran” for these purposes as 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.
This bill would revise the definition of “veteran” for the purposes described above by deleting the reference to the American Red Cross and including a person who has been discharged from the National Guard of any state.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 2695.5 of the Penal Code is amended to read:

2695.5.
 For purposes of this article, the following definitions shall apply:
(a) “Advocate” means a veterans service organization that is federally certified and has volunteered to serve as a veterans service advocate pursuant to this article.
(b) “Veteran” means 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 National Guard of any state, or the Merchant Marine.