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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Schwarzenegger Signs Legislation Supporting Soldiers & Veterans

Press Release



Governor Schwarzenegger Signs Legislation Supporting Soldiers & Veterans
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today signed legislation that supports and strengthens California's commitment to our military men, women, families and veterans.

"In light of the sacrifices that members of our military make on a daily basis, it is incumbent upon us to offer them and their families every means of support possible," said Governor Schwarzenegger. "These bills make important improvements in the way our State and society looks to the needs of soldiers and veterans."

Governor Schwarzenegger signed the following six bills:

SB 1082 by Senator Bill Morrow (R-Oceanside) - Child support: military reservists.
This bill allows federally activated Armed Forces reservists and National Guard members to seek expedited child support order modifications and requires the court to schedule a hearing prior to that members out-of-state deployment. It will help protect reservists and National Guard members from going into arrears on child-support payments and allow them to participate in custody decisions before being deployed out-of-state.

AB 208 by Assemblymember Mike Gordon (D-El Segundo) - School districts: priority for attendance: children of military personnel. This bill permits school districts to give priority to the children of military personnel whenever they are stationed in a new district and seeking an inter-district transfer, regardless of the time of year.

AB 357 by Assemblymember Shirley Horton (R-Bonita) - Taxpayer contributions: Veterans' Quality of Life Fund. This bill will establish a Veteran's Quality of Life Fund so that taxpayers may designate a contribution to veteran's homes on their personal income tax return.

AB 690 by Assemblymember Lori Saldana (D-San Diego) - National Guard: weapons of mass destruction civil support team. This bill will establish a retention bonus program for the California National Guard Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams. These teams are specially trained and equipped to respond to real or suspected weapons of mass destruction incidents.

AB 720 by Assemblymember Mike Villines (R-Clovis) - California State University: observance of Veterans Day. This bill requires the California State University (CSU) to observe Veterans Day on November 11th annually so that students, faculty and staff at all CSU campuses may be able to participate in community events recognizing our soldiers.

AB 1523 by Assemblymember Sam Blakeslee (R-San Luis Obispo) - State employment: military leave of absence. This bill extends the period for a military leave of absence for state employees from four to five years.