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Document 1838337
October 14,2014
California State Board of Equalization
Mr. Jerome E. Horton, Chairman
621 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, CA 95814
RE: AB 919
Dear Chairman Horton,
Congratulations on passage of AB 919 this past September 27, 2014. Moving forward on repayments due
our veterans, William M. Connell has been working on a proposed formula for repayment that could be
implemented administratively by the State Board of Equalization, to be guided by the mantra "Leave no
one behind" and the "Genius" letter sent to our Governor and each of your offices. We will finally be
able to fmd a cure for the many mistakes that have been made over the last 21 years.
There are three different Veterans Groups or subsets that are in need of administrative adjudication of this
matter:
(1) Those Veteran Vendors who the State Board does not know of.
(2) Those Veteran vendors that the State knows of from 2002 till 2010, and that the State Board of
Equalization has records of these Veterans and of denying them this tax exemption as contained in
B&P 16102.
(3) Those Veteran Vendors who prior to 2002 have been denied the tax exemption. Those Veteran
Vendors the SBOE knows of and has records of. (Decisions and Recommendations denying those
Veterans their tax exemption.) An SBOE inquiry of District records should yield more of these
Veterans.
My records indicate that these Veterans have been requesting the tax burden be exempted from at least
1991 until present. I would be interested in assisting the S.B.O.E. in this task so that ''No Honorably
Discharged Veteran Vendor is left behind." I have already met with various Veteran's groups to properly
identify all Veterans concerned.
Thank you.
Respectfully,
William M. Connell
U.S. Army Honorably Discharged
STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
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DEPT LPUBLIC COMMENi)
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TO THE GOVERNOR,
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CALIFORNIA,
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The Genius of Business & Professions Code 16102
3
"Every soldier, sailor or marine of the United States who has received an honorable
4
discharge or a release from active duty under honorable conditions from such service may
5
hawk, peddle and vend any goods, wares or merchandise owned by him, except spirituous,
6
malt, vinous or other intoxicating liquor, without payment of any license, tax or fee
7
whatsoever, whether municipal, county or State, and the board of supervisors shall issue to
8
such soldier, sailor or marine, without cost, a license therefor." B&P Code 16102
9
10
The Reason for Establishment: If for some reason a law is not clear by the text (which is agai
11
quite clear), then we need to look at the original intent behind the law.
12
" ... the most Universal and effectual way of discovering the true meaning of a law,
13
when the words are dubious, is by conSidering the reason and spirit of it; or the cause
14
which moved the legislator to enact it." 1 William Blackstone Commentaries 61
15
When reading the plain intent and taking into consideration the application of this la
16
upon the persons it was designed to effect, we must consider several salient facts. First, when i
17
comes to the defense of the country, there are those who will fight abroad hand to hand an
18
engage the enemy directly. Then, there are those who remain home and often, pay greater taxe
19
in support of the war. It is also noted, that many who go off to War are not going to come back
20
I t is they who will bear the greatest burden. Not only will they and their heirs be deprived of al
21
future earning potential, but also of the very existence of that person. Further, the effects of wa
22
often go on to burden the individual who went to war in many ways. This is not disputed b
23
either side (if I may so presume).
24
Many veterans of conflicts experience loss of limbs mental anguish and sometimes shoc
25
from such extraordinary circumstances as only War tends to cause. People who have been i
26
s uch conflicts often end up tuning out of society altogether. Not only is this a problem to them
27
b ut it is a problem for us since they once again live among us. There is a compelling state interes
28
i n having such individuals reintroduced to society.
Business & Professions Code 16102 - 1
1
The Genius of this particular law and the likely intent for its enaction by the legislatur
2
was to encourage veterans who were honorably discharged from the military to get out int
3
society again. The law was designed specifically for vendors and hawkers which are jobs tha
4
require direct contact with the public and the citizens of the state. The profession of hawking an
5
peddling of goods requires social interactions by the people who are doing such duties. Man
6
people who went to War may be averse to such acts since they may have lost limbs and so forth.
7
The second Genius of this law is that it works to encourage many of those Veterans, wh
8
the citizens fmancially support, off welfare and gives them the capacity to be self-sufficient an
9
productive members of society. For many of us in society, we take our self-sufficiency fo
10
granted and it is hard to recognize how others cannot be self sufficient. This law as it w
11
originally enacted gives the real opportunity for many members of the Veteran Community t
12
come off the welfare rolls. It allows them the chance to not only earn an honest income, but to d
13
i t in the most dignified manner possible, with their own steam!
14
The fmal genius of this law may not have even been considered by the representative
15
who unanimously enacted this law, but it is so fundamental that they should be given credit for i
16
well past the time they enacted it. It allows the rest of to see the effects of war by seeing thos
17
who fought. In doing such, we are forced to remember so we may understand the effects of suc
18
decisions in the future. With so much that goes on in our day to day lives, we often forget mino
19
things and even major calamities. War is no small matter to be entered into lightly and lest th
20
effects of Wars fought past be hidden, it may hamper our decision in entering future Wars. W
21
cannot fully understand the cost to us or our posterity if those who fought for us and the effect
22
such fighting had on them are hidden away in some closed room privately suffering.
23
24
Respectfully submitted,
25
26
27
William Connell, US Army Hon. Discharged
28
Business & Professions Code 16102 - 2
Date
1
TO THE MEMBERS OF THE CALIFORNIA BOARD OF EQUALIZATION,
2
The Genius of Business & Professions Code 16102
3
"Every soldier, sailor or marine of the United States who has received an honorable
4
discharge or a release from active duty under honorable conditions from such service may
5
hawk, peddle and vend any goods, wares or merchandise owned by him, except spirituous,
6
malt, vinous or other intoxicating liquor, without payment of any license, tax or fee
7
whatsoever, whether municipal, county or State, and the board of supervisors shall issue to
8
such soldier, sailor or marine, without cost, a license therefor." B&P Code 16102
9
10
Reason for Establishment: If for some reason a law is not clear by the text (which is again quit
11
clear), then we need to look at the original intent behind the law.
12
". . . the most Universal and effectual way of discovering the true meaning of a law,
13
when the words are dubious, is by considering the reason and spirit of it; or the cause
14
which moved the legislator to enact it." 1 William Blackstone Commentaries 61
15
When reading the plain intent and taking into consideration the application of this la
16
upon the persons it was designed to effect, we must consider several salient facts. First, when i
17
comes to the defense of the country, there are those who will fight abroad hand to hand an
18
engage the enemy directly. Then, there are those who remain home and often, pay greater taxe
19
in support of the war. It is also noted, that many who go off to War are not going to come back.
20
It is they who ",rill bear the greatest burden. Not only will they and their heirs be deprived of al
21
future earning potential, but also of the very existence of that person. Further, the effects of w
22
often go on to burden the individual who went to war in many ways. This is not disputed b
23
either side (if I may so presume).
24
Many veterans of conflicts experience loss of limbs mental anguish and sometimes shoc
25
from such extraordinary circumstances as only War tends to cause. People who have been i
26
such conflicts often end up tuning out of society altogether. Not only is this a problem to them
27
but it is a problem for us since they once again live among us. There is a compelling state interes
28
in having such individuals reintroduced to society.
Business & Professions Code 16102 - 1
1
The Genius of this particular law and the likely intent for its enaction by the 1egislatur
2
was to encourage veterans who were honorably discharged from the military to get out int
3
society again. The law was designed specifically for vendors and hawkers which are jobs tha
4
require direct contact with the public and the citizens of the state. The profession of hawking an
5
peddling of goods requires social interactions by the people who are doing such duties. Man
6
people who went to War may be averse to such acts since they may have lost limbs and so forth.
7
The second Genius of this law is that it works to encourage many of those Veterans, wh
8
the citizens financially support, off welfare and gives them the capacity to be self-sufficient an
9
productive members of society. For many of us in society, we take our self-sufficiency fo
10
granted and it is hard to recognize how others cannot be self sufficient. This law as it w
11
originally enacted gives the real opportunity for many members of the Veteran Community t
12
come off the welfare rolls. It allows them the chance to not only earn an honest income, but to d
13
it in the most dignified manner possible, with their own steam!
14
The fmal genius of this law may not have even been considered by the representative
15
who unanimously enacted this law, but it is so fundamental that they should be given credit for i
16
well past the time they enacted it. It allows the rest of to see the effects of war by seeing thos
17
who fought. In doing such, we are forced to remember so we may understand the effects of suc
18
decisions in the future. With so much that goes on in our day to day lives, we often forget mino
19
things and even major calamities. War is no small matter to be entered into lightly and lest th
20
effects of Wars fought past be hidden, it may hamper our decision in entering future Wars. W
21
cannot fully understand the cost to us or our posterity if those who fought for us and the effect
22
such fighting had on them are hidden away in some closed room privately suffering.
23
24
Respectfully submitted,
25
26
27
William Connell, US Army Hon. Discharged
28
Business & Professions Code 161 02 - 2
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