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SB-1137 Veterans: professional licensing benefits.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/13/2018 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 1137


Introduced by Senator Vidak

February 13, 2018


An act to add Section 714 to the Military and Veterans Code, relating to veterans.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 1137, as introduced, Vidak. Veterans: professional licensing benefits.
Existing law establishes the Department of Veterans Affairs, which is responsible for administering various programs and services for the benefit of veterans. Existing law establishes the Department of Consumer Affairs within the Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency. Existing law provides for a variety of state benefits to veterans.
This bill would require the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Consumer Affairs to, in consultation with each other, take appropriate steps to increase awareness regarding professional licensing benefits available to veterans, as specified.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 714 is added to the Military and Veterans Code, to read:

714.
 (a) The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Consumer Affairs shall both, in consultation with each other, take appropriate steps to increase awareness regarding professional licensing benefits available to veterans.
(b) The awareness efforts in subdivision (a) shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following:
(1) Proactive information dissemination to veteran groups in the state.
(2) Posting information and resources on each department’s respective Internet Web site.
(3) Including information about these benefits in any communications that these agencies have with veterans when it is appropriate.