New state law allows improves benefits for disabled military veterans who were discharged under 'other than honorable conditions'

Expands eligibility to these veterans for the state's property tax exemption

Governor Brown has signed a measure that expands eligibility for the state's property tax exemption to disabled military veterans who were discharged under "other than honorable conditions."

The bill was sponsored by Board of Equalization Member George Runner and authored by State Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel).

"We should do everything we can to honor veterans injured as a result of their service," Runner said. "By making this small change, more California veterans will be given access to a benefit offered to them by a state grateful for their sacrifices."

Before this bill was signed, only veterans who received an honorable discharge were eligible for California's disabled veterans' property tax exemption.

The new measure expands the disabled veterans' exemption eligibility by changing the state requirement that a veteran's character of discharge from military service be under "honorable" conditions to the standard of "other than dishonorable" conditions. This bill does not provide any benefit to those discharged under dishonorable conditions.

As a tax levy, the bill becomes law immediately, but for practical reasons will not take effect until Jan. 1.

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