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AB-1911 State agencies: veterans.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 01/09/2020 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1911


Introduced by Assembly Member Maienschein

January 09, 2020


An act to repeal and add Section 11019.11 of the Government Code, relating to state agencies.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1911, as introduced, Maienschein. State agencies: veterans.
Existing law requires, as of July 1, 2014, every state agency that requests on any written form or written publication, or through its internet website, whether a person is a veteran, to request that information in a specified manner.
This bill would delete the above-described provisions and instead would require each state agency, among other things, to include questions on its intake forms to determine whether an applicant is affiliated with the United States Armed Forces. The bill would require the state agency, through the intake form, to request permission from that person to transmit their contact information to the Department of Veterans Affairs so that the person may be notified of potential eligibility to receive state and federal veterans benefits.
The bill would require each state agency to electronically transmit to the Department of Veterans Affairs specified information regarding each applicant who has identified that they or a family member has served in the United States Armed Forces and has consented to be contacted about military, veterans, family member, or survivor benefits.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 11019.11 of the Government Code is repealed.
11019.11.

(a)Every state agency that requests on any written form or written publication, or through its Internet Web site, whether a person is a veteran, shall request that information only in the following format: “Have you ever served in the United States military?”

(b)This section shall apply only to a written form or written publication that is newly printed on or after July 1, 2014.

SEC. 2.

 Section 11019.11 is added to the Government Code, to read:

11019.11.
 (a) Each state agency shall include all of the following on any intake form:
(1) An option for a person to indicate whether they are affiliated with the United States Armed Forces by asking both of the following:
(A) “Have you ever served in the military?”
(B) “Has a family member ever served in the military?”
(2) An option for a person who identifies as being military affiliated, as provided in paragraph (1), to give their consent to be contacted regarding eligibility to receive state or federal veterans benefits by including the following statement:
“I consent to this state agency transmitting my name, email address, and mailing address to the Department of Veterans Affairs for this purpose only, and I have been notified that this transmittal will occur.”
(3) Each intake form shall also include a statement of potential eligibility to receive state and federal services, with contact information for the Department of Veteran Affairs.
(b) Each state agency shall electronically transmit to the Department of Veterans Affairs all of the following information regarding each applicant who has identified that they or a family member has served in the United States Armed Forces since the last data transfer and has consented to be contacted about military, veterans, family member, or survivor benefits, pursuant to subdivision (a):
(1) True full name.
(2) Email address.
(3) Mailing address.
(c) Information obtained by the Department of Veterans Affairs pursuant to this section shall be used to assist individuals in accessing benefits and shall not be disseminated except as needed for that purpose.