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



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AB498:v95#DOCUMENT

Assembly Bill No. 498
CHAPTER 227

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

[ Approved by Governor  September 05, 2019. Filed with Secretary of State  September 05, 2019. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 498, 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 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: NO   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 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.