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AB-998 Veterans homes: Internet Web site.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 03/29/2017 04:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 28, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 998


Introduced by Assembly Member Grayson

February 16, 2017


An act to amend Section 694 of add Section 1052 to the Military and Veterans Code, relating to veterans.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 998, as amended, Grayson. Veterans aid and welfare. Veterans homes: Internet Web site.
Existing law provides for the establishment and operation of the Veterans’ Home of California at various sites, and for an administrator for each home or homesite. Existing law authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs to accept and process applications from veterans seeking residency at a home.
This bill would require the Department of Veterans Affairs on or before January 1, 2019, to create an admissions page on its Internet Web site that incorporates an online application option for veterans seeking admission to a home, a user-friendly wait list, contact information for an applicant to ask for assistance regarding the application process, and information on the number of veterans currently on the wait list for each level of care at each home.

Under existing law, the Department of Veterans Affairs constitutes a public corporation that is authorized, on behalf of the state, to hold property, request and receive donations, contract, sue and be sued, and exercise all other rights and powers provided by the Constitution and laws of the state as belonging to public corporations.

This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to those provisions.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 1052 is added to the Military and Veterans Code, to read:

1052.
 The department shall, on or before January 1, 2019, create an admissions page on its Internet Web site for the purpose of increasing transparency in the process for admission to the homes. The admissions page shall incorporate all of the following:
(a) An online application option for veterans seeking admission to a home.
(b) A user-friendly wait list showing an applicant’s current spot on a home’s wait list relative to other applicants, updated whenever there is a change, and with a mechanism that preserves applicant privacy.
(c) Contact information for an applicant to ask for assistance regarding the application process.
(d) Information on the number of veterans currently on the wait list for each level of care at each home.

SECTION 1.Section 694 of the Military and Veterans Code is amended to read:
694.

The department constitutes a public corporation and may, on behalf of the state, hold property, request and receive donations, contract, sue and be sued, and exercise all other rights and powers provided by the Constitution and laws of the state as belonging to public corporations.