Two of Senator Newman’s Military Measures Head to Governor Brown’s Desk

Thursday, August 24 2017

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chair Josh Newman has successfully sent two of his seven bills assisting members of the armed services and their families, to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature. Senate Bills (SB) 455 and 747, each of which assists California's military and their families, passed out of the Assembly today with no opposition.

Senate Bill 455 will allow for the children of military service members to transfer to any school district where they will be residing within ten days of their parents’ Permanent Change of Station order. Under current law, Children of military parents cannot currently register in school until after the family has physically relocated to the new school district. This often puts the children of military families at a disadvantage and can cause the student to miss important educational deadlines and fall behind their classmates. 

Senate Bill 747 would repeal an outdated requirement that requires that commissioned officers of the California National Guard must reside within California's state borders. This would allow our National Guard to continue to benefit from the service of its members who may have moved out of state and would conform California law to current best practices used in other states. The bill would also allow California National Guard officers who make a permanent change of address out of state to transfer to the National Guard of any other U.S. state or territory.

“SB 455 and SB 747 aim to assist military families with relocation services and ensure that they can continue their valuable service to our state and nation without any disruption,” said Senator Newman. “Our military service members and their families are among California's most precious assets, and I strongly encourage Governor Brown to sign both of these measures.”

State Senator Josh Newman is a veteran of the United States Army and Chair of the Senate Committee on Veteran’s Affairs. The freshman lawmaker has already had one bill signed by Governor Jerry Brown, SB 374 which will help close the mental health parity gap in California. Senator Newman represents Senate District 29 which includes cities across Orange, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino Counties.