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SB-776 Corrections: veterans benefits.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 03/27/2017 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  March 27, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 776


Introduced by Senator Newman

February 17, 2017


An act to add Section 2066 to the Penal Code, relating to corrections.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 776, as amended, Newman. Corrections: veterans benefits.
Existing law establishes the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and charges it with certain duties and powers, including, among others, the operation of state prisons.
This bill would require the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to provide at each state prison, prison an employee, other than a correctional officer officer or other custodial employee, who is trained and accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs to assist incarcerated veterans in applying for and receiving any federal veterans benefits for which they may be eligible.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 2066 is added to the Penal Code, to read:

2066.
 The department shall provide at each state prison, prison an employee, other than a correctional officer officer or other custodial employee, who is trained and accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs who shall assist incarcerated veterans in applying for and receiving any federal veterans benefits for which they may be eligible.