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SB-1177 Veterans’ Home of California system.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/20/2020 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 1177


Introduced by Senator Jones

February 20, 2020


An act to add Section 1024 to the Military and Veterans Code, relating to veterans.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 1177, as introduced, Jones. Veterans’ Home of California system.
Existing law establishes the Veterans’ Home of California system within the Department of Veterans Affairs. Existing law defines a “home” as a facility operated by the department for the provision of long-term care, assisted living, adult day health, independent living, or other health care services to eligible veterans. The Veterans’ Home of California system is comprised of 8 homes, including Yountville, Barstow, and Chula Vista. Existing law authorizes the Director of General Services to lease any real property held by the department for a home, and not needed for any direct or immediate purpose of the home, to any entity or person upon terms and conditions determined to be in the best interests of the home.
This bill would require the department to promulgate regulations that define the types of short-term uses of Veterans’ home property that are in the best interests of the homes, including the residents. The bill would prohibit the department from approving short-term use agreements that do not meet that definition. The bill would require all short-term use agreements to include conditions that protect the state’s best interests. Finally, the bill would also require the department to develop and implement a fee schedule for short-term third-party uses of veterans’ home property.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 1024 is added to the Military and Veterans Code, to read:

1024.
 (a) The department shall promulgate regulations that define the types of short-term uses of veterans’ home property that are in the best interests of the homes, including the interests of the residents of the homes, and shall not approve short-term use agreements that do not meet that definition.
(b) The department shall include conditions that protect the state’s best interests in all short-term use agreements of veterans’ home property.
(c) The department shall develop and implement a fee schedule for short-term third-party uses of veterans’ home property.