SB 501

Version: Amended+Senate
Author: Sen. Melissa Hurtado (D-CA)



Introduced by Senator Hurtado

February 21, 2019


An act to amend Section 1261 of the Military and Veterans Code, relating to veterans. relating to armories.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 501, as amended, Hurtado. Veterans buildings. Armories: Reedley Armory.
Existing law authorizes the Director of General Services, with the approval of the Adjutant General, to lease and sell real property held for armory purposes, on terms and conditions in the best interests of the state and subject to legislative approval. Existing law requires an armory to be offered for sale to any city, county, city and county, and district prior to being offered for sale to private entities or individuals. Existing law establishes the Armory Fund and requires that all proceeds from the sale or lease of armories be deposited into the fund for use, upon appropriation by the Legislature, for specified purposes related to armories. Existing law authorizes the sale of the Reedley Armory pursuant to these provisions.
This bill would, notwithstanding the previous authorization to sell the armory, require the Director of General Services to transfer ownership of the armory to the City of Reedley for the purpose of providing services to veterans and the families of veterans. The bill would provide that if the armory ceases to be used for services for veterans or their families for a continuous period of 24 months, the City of Reedley will have a period of 6 months to purchase the property, and if the property is not purchased, it will revert back to the state.

Existing law authorizes a political subdivision to lease, or to acquire and lease or sublease, a lot or building to a veterans association, veterans service organization, or nonprofit veteran service agency for up to 20 years, as specified.

This bill would instead authorize a political subdivision to lease, or to acquire and lease or sublease, a lot or building to a veterans association, veterans service organization, or nonprofit veterans service agency for up to 25 years.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 (a) Notwithstanding Chapter 726 of the Statutes of 2018, the Director of General Services shall transfer ownership of the approximately two acres of real property with improvements made thereon, located at 601 E. 11th Street, Reedley, California, known as the Reedley Armory, to the City of Reedley for the purpose of providing services to veterans and the families of veterans.
(b) If the property transferred in subdivision (a) ceases to be used for services to veterans or their families for a continuous period of 24 months, the City of Reedley shall have a period of six months to purchase the property pursuant to Section 435 of the Military and Veterans Code, and if it is not purchased, the property shall revert back to the State.
SECTION 1.Section 1261 of the Military and Veterans Code is amended to read:
1261.

A political subdivision may lease any lot or building belonging to it and not required for public use, in whole or in part, for up to 25 years, or may acquire and lease or sublease any lot or building, in whole or in part, for up to 25 years, to a veterans association, veterans service organization, or nonprofit veteran service agency organized in the political subdivision, to be used for the purposes of the veterans association, veterans service organization, or nonprofit veteran service agency. The rental shall be fixed by the governing body of the political subdivision and may be nominal in amount.