TORRANCE, Calif. — Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi’s (D-Torrance) Assembly Bill (AB) 360 on Oct. 5. 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.
“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 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.”