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AB-368 Southern California Veterans Cemetery.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 06/28/2019 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  June 28, 2019
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 01, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 368


Introduced by Assembly Member Quirk-Silva
(Principal coauthor: Assembly Member Daly)
(Principal coauthor: Senator Umberg)

February 05, 2019


An act to amend Section 1410 of the Military and Veterans Code, relating to veterans cemeteries.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 368, as amended, Quirk-Silva. Southern California Veterans Cemetery.
Existing law authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs to acquire, study, design, develop, construct, and equip a state-owned and state-operated Southern California Veterans Cemetery at the Bake Parkway site in Orange County. Existing law makes honorably discharged veterans, veterans and their spouses, spouses and dependent children eligible for interment in the cemetery, as specified.
This bill would instead authorize the department to locate the cemetery at a specified site in the Orange County Great Park in the City of Irvine.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 1410 of the Military and Veterans Code is amended to read:

1410.
 (a) (1) Pursuant to Section 1412, the department, in voluntary cooperation with local government entities in the County of Orange, shall acquire, study, design, develop, construct, and equip a state-owned and state-operated Southern California Veterans Cemetery, which shall be located at the site of the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, on 125 acres known as the Amended and Restated Development Agreement Site in the Orange County Great Park in the City of Irvine.
(2) The department shall oversee and coordinate the acquisition, study, design, development, and construction of the cemetery.
(3) For purposes of this chapter, “department” means shall mean the Department of Veterans Affairs.
(b) (1) Subject to the eligibility requirements described in Section 2402 of Title 38 of the United States Code, as it may be amended, honorably discharged veterans, veterans and their spouses, spouses and eligible dependent children are eligible for interment in the cemetery. The department shall establish a fee to be charged for interment of veteran spouses and eligible dependent children. The amount of the fee shall not exceed the reasonable costs to the department for interment in the cemetery.
(2) Subject to Section 1418, for the purposes of this subdivision, the department shall adopt regulations to specify the eligibility requirements for interment in the cemetery.
(3) All fees received pursuant to paragraph (1) shall be deposited in the Southern California Veterans Cemetery Perpetual Maintenance Fund created pursuant to Section 1412.