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SB-43 Veterans cemetery: County of Orange.(2021-2022)



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Amended  IN  Senate  April 29, 2021
Amended  IN  Senate  April 19, 2021
Amended  IN  Senate  March 10, 2021
Amended  IN  Senate  February 02, 2021

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 43


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

December 07, 2020


An act to add Section 1411 to amend Section 1410 of the Military and Veterans Code, relating to veterans.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 43, as amended, Umberg. Veterans cemetery: County of Orange.
Existing law authorizes requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to acquire, study, design, develop, construct, and equip a state-owned and state-operated Southern California Veterans Cemetery in the County of Orange at one of 2 possible sites, as specified. Existing law requires the department to, after completing acquisition studies on both sites, consult with the Department of General Services to determine which site to pursue based on the economic feasibility, benefits to veterans and City of Irvine residents, and availability of each location. Existing law makes honorably discharged veterans, their spouses, and dependent children eligible for interment in the cemetery, as specified.
This bill would require the department to work with local government entities in the County of Orange to develop the Southern California Veterans Cemetery, as specified. delete those site selection requirements and would instead require the department to acquire, study, design, develop, construct, and equip a state-owned and state-operated Southern California Veterans Cemetery in the City of Irvine, as specified.
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 either 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 or at the approximately 100 acres known as the Golf Course Site in the Orange County Great Park in the City of Irvine, as described and adopted by the City Council of the City of Irvine at the July 23, 2019, special joint meeting. The department shall, after completing acquisition studies on both sites, consult with the Department of General Services to determine which site to pursue based on the economic feasibility, benefits to veterans and City of Irvine residents, and availability of each location. in the City of Irvine, in accordance with the city’s enacted laws and ordinances.
(2) The department shall oversee and coordinate the acquisition, study, design, development, and construction of the cemetery.
(3) For purposes of this chapter, “department” 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 and their 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.

SECTION 1.Section 1411 is added to the Military and Veterans Code, to read:
1411.

The department shall work with local government entities in the County of Orange to develop the state-owned and state-operated Southern California Veterans Cemetery consistent with the enacted laws and ordinances of the City of Irvine.