|Assembly Bill 1453 - Proposed State Veterans Cemetery|
Assembly Bill 1453 (Quirk-Silva) is available here (signed version).
On January 9, 2014, California Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva introduced Assembly Bill 1453 (AB 1453) in the California legislature proposing to establish a Southern California Veterans Cemetery, to be located at 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 Great Park in the City of Irvine. The legislation is co-sponsored by Assemblymember Donald Wagner representing the City of Irvine. The State Assembly and Senate approved AB 1453 on August 25 and was signed by Governor Brown on September 27, 2014 and is effective January 1, 2015.
AB 1453 directs the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet), in voluntary cooperation with local government entities in Orange County, to design, develop, construct and equip a state-owned and operated Southern California Veterans Cemetery in Orange County. It also directs CalVet to apply for federal Veterans Cemetery Grant Program funds for a Veterans Cemetery.
§ Now that AB 1453 has been signed, the California Department of Veterans Affairs will prepare and submit a State Veterans Cemetery Grant Pre-Application to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.