California Governor Jerry Brown speaks before signing a bill hiking California's minimum wage to $15. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
California Governor Jerry Brown speaks before signing a bill hiking California’s minimum wage to $15. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

An Orange County legislator’s bill expanding a property tax exemption for disabled veterans was signed Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

“Today’s signing is the capstone of a determined effort by veterans groups and Board of Equalization member George Runner to ensure tax fairness for veterans with 100 percent disabilities,” said Sen. Patricia Bates, R- Laguna Niguel.

The legislation — which was approved unanimously by lawmakers last month — conforms with federal law guaranteeing that disabled veterans get the tax relief if they are receiving service-connected benefits at 100 percent.

Some veterans drawing full benefits weren’t able to qualify for the state’s tax relief previously because they had not received an “honorable discharge,” which is required by state law.

Bates’ legislation closes that loophole so long as veterans have not been dishonorably discharged or had some other sort of bad conduct discharge.

–City News Service

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