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SB-745 Military: decorations: the Order of California.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 02/19/2021 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 745


Introduced by Senator Umberg

February 19, 2021


An act to amend Section 642.1 of the Military and Veterans Code, relating to the military.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 745, as introduced, Umberg. Military: decorations: the Order of California.
Existing law authorizes decorations for members of the National Guard, State Guard, and Naval Militia including the Medal of Valor, Military Cross, and Order of California. Existing law authorizes the Order of California for officers and enlisted members of the National Guard or Naval Militia who have distinguished themselves by exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service to the state or the United States in a position of great responsibility, as specified. Under existing law, the Order of California may also be awarded to civilians and members of other military services.
This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to this provision.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 642.1 of the Military and Veterans Code is amended to read:

642.1.
 The Order of California may be presented to an officer or enlisted member of the National Guard or Naval Militia who has distinguished himself or herself themselves by exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service to the state or the United States in a position of great responsibility. The performance of duty shall have been such as to merit merited recognition of service rendered in a clearly exceptional manner within the scope of a special requirement or of an extremely difficult duty performed in a clearly outstanding manner. Performance of duties normal to the grade and branch, specialty or assignment, and experience of an individual is not an adequate basis for this decoration, except that justification of the award may accrue by virtue of outstanding meritorious service in a succession of important positions.
The accomplishment of the duty or period of service for which the decoration is recommended should have been completed prior to submitting a recommendation. However, if the person being recommended is transferred or will retire prior to completion, the action or accomplishment shall have reached a point of progression that will clearly establish the individual’s contribution to be outstanding or represent significant accomplishment.
The Order of California may also be awarded to civilians and members of other military services who distinguish themselves as indicated in this section.