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AB-1972 Veterans: state park passes. (2015-2016)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  May 27, 2016

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2015–2016 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1972


Introduced by Assembly Member Chau
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Alejo, Brough, Brown, Dodd, Cristina Garcia, and Mathis)
(Coauthors: Senators Allen, Anderson, Hertzberg, Hueso, Nguyen, Nielsen, and Roth)

February 16, 2016


An act to amend Section 5011.5 of the Public Resources Code, relating to veterans.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1972, as amended, Chau. Veterans: state park passes.
Existing law requires the Department of Parks and Recreation to issue a park pass for free use of all park facilities in the state park system to any veteran of war, as defined, in which the United States has been, or may be, engaged, and who meets specified criteria, such as being a resident of this state, presenting to the department proof of a service-connected disability, being held captive as a prisoner of war, or receiving a Congressional Medal of Honor, and having been honorably discharged from service.
This bill would instead require the Department of Parks and Recreation to issue a park pass for free use of all park facilities in the state park system to any veteran who meets the criteria set forth above. The bill would make related conforming changes. The bill would require the department to report in its proposed budget, on or before January 1, 2019, on revenue losses with regard to the issuance of free veterans passes under these provisions.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 5011.5 of the Public Resources Code is amended to read:

5011.5.
 (a) A veteran who is a resident of this state, upon presentation to the department of proof of disability, proof of being held captive as a prisoner of war, or proof of being a recipient of a Congressional Medal of Honor, and proof of an honorable discharge from service, upon application therefor, shall be issued a pass entitling the bearer to the use of all facilities, including boat launching facilities, in units of the state park system.
(b) On or before January 1, 2019, the department shall report in its proposed budget on the revenue losses associated with the issuance of free veterans passes under this section.

(b)

(c) As used in this section:
(1) “Disability” means a veteran who has a 50 percent or greater service-connected disability, as certified by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
(2) “Prisoner of war” means a veteran who was held as a prisoner of war by forces hostile to the United States, as certified by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
(3) “Veteran” means a former member of the Armed Forces of the United States who was honorably discharged from service.

SEC. 2.

 If revenue losses are determined to be significant pursuant to the report made under Section 5011.5 of the Public Resources Code, it is the intent of the Legislature to consider alternative sources of funding to pay for the free park passes under Section 5011.5 of the Public Resources Code without harming the Department of Parks and Recreation’s operating budget.