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AB-498 Business licensing: fees: exemptions: veterans.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 06/10/2019 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  June 10, 2019
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 01, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 498


Introduced by Assembly Member Weber

February 13, 2019


An act to add Section 16001.8 to the Business and Professions Code, relating to business licensing.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 498, as amended, Weber. Business licensing: fees: exemptions: veterans.
Existing law provides that every person who is honorably discharged or honorably relieved from the military, naval, or air service of the United States and is a resident of this state is entitled to obtain a license to distribute circulars and sell any goods, except alcohol, without payment of any state or local business license fees.
This bill would also exempt a veteran who is honorably discharged or honorably relieved from the Armed Forces of the United States and is a resident of this state from paying any state or local business license fees for a business that sells or provides services if the veteran is the sole proprietor of the business.
This bill would include findings that the changes proposed by this bill address a matter of statewide concern rather than a municipal affair and, therefore, apply to all cities, including charter cities.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YESNO   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 16001.8 is added to the Business and Professions Code, to read:

16001.8.
 (a) A veteran who is honorably discharged or honorably relieved from the Armed Forces of the United States and is a resident of this state shall not be required to pay any state or local business license fees for a business selling or providing services if the veteran is the sole proprietor of the business.
(b) The Legislature finds and declares that the prohibition on the imposition of local business license fees on veterans as specified in this section is a matter of statewide concern and is not a municipal affair, as that term is used in Section 5 of Article XI of the California Constitution. Therefore, this section applies to all cities, including charter cities.