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Governor signs two Olsen bills to support veterans

POSTED October 10, 2013 10:28 p.m.

Governor Jerry Brown signed two bills carried by Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto) on Thursday, both of which seek to support veterans.

The bills – AB 150 and AB 151 – were both heavily supported by a large network of veterans groups.

“With the passage of both bills, our state is reaffirming and strengthening its support for the many Californians who have made extreme sacrifices to protect our country through military service,” said Olsen.

Honoring both veterans and current active duty military members, AB 150 authorizes the Department of Parks and Recreation to provide both groups with free admission to California state parks on Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day.

According to Olsen’s office, AB 150 received a great deal of support from the family of naturalist John Muir, an author and early advocate of the preservation of wilderness in the U.S. and California.

The other bill, AB 151, will allow counties throughout the state the option of waiving building and inspection permit fees associated with ADA-type modifications to homes owned by veterans with service-related disabilities.

Assemblywoman Olsen’s office shared that many military members returning home must retrofit their own homes to accommodate disabilities and injuries sustained while serving in active duty. As the process is often drawn out and expensive, Olsen sought to simplify the process for those injured while serving their country.

“I am thankful for the men and women who make up our armed forces,” said Olsen. “These bills are a small way we can show them our appreciation and gratitude.”

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