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SB-411 State military reservists: service awards.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 03/31/2017 04:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Senate  March 30, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 411


Introduced by Senator Nguyen

February 15, 2017


An act to add Chapter 4.7 (commencing with Section 50980) to Part 1 of Division 1 of Title 5 of the Government Code, relating to state military reservists, and making an appropriation therefor.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 411, as amended, Nguyen. State military reservists: service awards.
Existing law establishes the Military Department, which includes the State Military Reserve and the Naval Militia, to perform various duties regarding the state militia. Existing law authorizes the presentation of a good conduct medal to each person who, while an enlisted member of the State Military Reserve or the Naval Militia, has demonstrated fidelity through faithful and exact performance of duty, and efficiency through capacity to produce desired results, and whose behavior has demonstrated that he or she deserves emulation.
This bill would establish the State Military Reserve and Naval Militia Length of Service Award Act. This bill would make an appropriation of $100,000 from the General Fund to the Military Department to, among other things, pay an award of $100 per month for life to a qualified person, which this bill would generally define as any person who is 50 years of age or older and who completes 10 years of satisfactory volunteer service in the State Military Reserve or the Naval Militia, as specified.
Vote: 2/3   Appropriation: YES   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Chapter 4.7 (commencing with Section 50980) is added to Part 1 of Division 1 of Title 5 of the Government Code, to read:
CHAPTER  4.7. The State Military Reserve and Naval Militia Length of Service Award Act

50980.
 The Legislature finds and declares both of the following:
(a) The State Military Reserve and the Naval Militia make important contributions to the public safety of the state, particularly in their role as a volunteer reserve force to support the California National Guard and to assume critical state duties of the National Guard should it be called into federal service.
(b) The purpose of this act is to provide additional incentives for service in the State Military Reserve and the Naval Militia.

50980.10.
 For purposes of this chapter, the following terms have the following meanings:
(a) “Award” means the State Military Reserve and Naval Militia Length of Service Award that is required to be paid under Section 50980.11.
(b) “Department” means the Military Department.
(c) “Qualified person” means a person who is 50 years of age or older and who completes 10 years of satisfactory volunteer service on or after January 1, 2018, in accordance with the rules and regulations promulgated by the Military Department for the administration of the State Military Reserve and the Naval Militia. For purposes of determining whether a person has completed 10 years of service, a year of service shall not include any year in which a person received payment for six or more months for service in a status that is any of the following:
(1) State active duty.
(2) Inactive duty training.
(3) Active guard and reserve duty, as defined in Section 101 of Title 10 of the United States Code.
(4) Active duty as defined in Section 101 of Title 10 of, and Section 101 of Title 32 of, the United States Code.

50980.11.
 There is hereby appropriated from the General Fund to the Military Department the sum of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) for both of the following purposes:
(a) To reimburse the department for its administrative costs incurred in implementing this chapter.
(b) For the payment of awards to each qualified person in an amount equal to one hundred dollars ($100) per month for the remainder of his or her life, except that no award or portion thereof shall be paid for the month in which the person dies.