SB 481

  • California Senate Bill
  • 2019-2020 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Senate Feb 21, 2019
  • Passed Senate May 21, 2019
  • Passed Assembly Sep 09, 2019
  • Signed by Governor Oct 09, 2019

State military: inspector general.

Abstract

Existing law establishes the California Military Department Inspector General to investigate alleged violations of law or gross mismanagement or waste of funds. Existing law establishes qualifications for a person serving in the position of inspector general, including, among other things, that the inspector general be subordinate to the Adjutant General. This bill would instead require that the inspector general be an advisor to the Governor and responsive to the Adjutant General. Existing law, either at the discretion of the inspector general or upon request by the Governor, a Member of the Legislature, any member of the Military Department, or any member of the public, authorizes the inspector general to investigate any complaint or allegation regarding specified issues. This bill would instead require the inspector general to expeditiously investigate those complaints. The bill would also require the inspector general to notify the requesting party of the results of the investigation. The bill would require specified allegations presented to the inspector general to be reported to either the Governor or specified federal inspectors general, and the Adjutant General, as specified. Existing law, the California Military Whistleblower Protection Act, prohibits a person from restricting a member of the Military Department from making specified communications to a Member of Congress, the Governor, a Member of the Legislature, or any state or federal inspector general, or from taking, or threatening to take, unfavorable personnel actions, or withholding, or threatening to withhold, favorable personnel actions, as a reprisal against a member of the Military Department for making specified communications. Existing law requires the inspector general to, after the completion of an investigation into an allegation relating to the act, submit a report on the results of the investigation to the Adjutant General and a copy of the report on the results of the investigation to the member of the department who made the allegation. This bill would require the inspector general to provide an interim response to allegations of actions prohibited by the act when the final response will be delayed, as specified. Existing law requires the inspector general, if the inspector general is not outside the immediate chain of command of both the member submitting the allegation and the individual or individuals alleged to have taken an action prohibited by the California Military Whistleblower Protection Act, to refer the allegation to the Chief of the National Guard Bureau and the Governor. This bill would instead require the inspector general to refer all allegations of actions prohibited by the act to the Chief of the National Guard Bureau and the Governor. The bill would additionally require the Governor or Adjutant General to take disciplinary actions against any member of the department who intentionally engages in acts of reprisal, retaliation, threats, coercion, or similar acts, as specified, against a person who reported improper activities.

Bill Sponsors (1)

Votes


Actions


Oct 09, 2019

California State Legislature

Approved by the Governor.

California State Legislature

Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 704, Statutes of 2019.

Sep 17, 2019

California State Legislature

Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 2 p.m.

Sep 09, 2019

Senate

In Senate. Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.

Assembly

Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 79. Noes 0. Page 3172.) Ordered to the Senate.

Aug 15, 2019

Assembly

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Aug 14, 2019

Assembly

From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 18. Noes 0.) (August 14).

Jun 19, 2019

Assembly

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 10. Noes 0.) (June 18). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Committee-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

May 30, 2019

Assembly

Referred to Com. on V.A.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on V.A.

May 22, 2019

Assembly

In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk.

May 21, 2019

Senate

Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 37. Noes 0. Page 1178.) Ordered to the Assembly.

May 14, 2019

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

May 13, 2019

Senate

From committee: Be ordered to second reading pursuant to Senate Rule 28.8.

May 03, 2019

Senate

Set for hearing May 13.

May 01, 2019

Senate

Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Amendment-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Apr 30, 2019

Senate

From committee: Do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 7. Noes 0. Page 807.) (April 23).

Apr 10, 2019

Senate

Set for hearing April 23.

Apr 02, 2019

Senate

April 9 hearing postponed by committee.

Mar 26, 2019

Senate

Set for hearing April 9.

Mar 20, 2019

Senate

March 26 hearing postponed by committee.

Mar 19, 2019

Senate

Set for hearing March 26.

Mar 07, 2019

Senate

Referred to Com. on V.A.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on V.A.

Feb 22, 2019

Senate

From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 24.

Feb 21, 2019

Senate

Introduced. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. To print.

Bill Text

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02/21/19 - Introduced PDF
05/01/19 - Amended Senate PDF
09/11/19 - Enrolled PDF
10/09/19 - Chaptered PDF

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