Governor Brown signs AB 360 to provide legal aid for veterans

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Torrance, CA – Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. signed Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi’s (D-Torrance) Assembly Bill (AB) 360 this week.  This new law requires the California State Bar to administer a program to coordinate free civil legal assistance to veterans and their families who otherwise cannot afford legal services.  This new law also requires the State Bar to conduct a statewide survey of programs that provide legal assistance to veterans in order to better identify whether and where their needs are the greatest.  AB 360 received unanimous, bipartisan support in the Legislature.

“As the former Chairman of the Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee, I know that many veterans often struggle to receive disability, health care, housing, and other benefits that they have earned through their service and sacrifice,” said Assemblymember Muratsuchi.  “California is home to not only the largest veteran population in the country, but also the largest number of homeless veterans.  We need to give our veterans the support they deserve, including civil legal assistance, especially those who are struggling on the home front.”

Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi represents California’s 66th Assembly District, which includes El Camino Village, Gardena, Harbor City, Harbor Gateway, Hermosa Beach, Lomita, Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Torrance, and West Carson.  He serves as Chairman of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee and the Assembly Select Committee on Aerospace.  Muratsuchi is a member of the Assembly Committees on Budget, Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance, Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials, Natural Resources, Utilities and Energy, and Veterans Affairs.