Senate Agrees with Morrell: Let Activated National Guard Members Keep More of their Pay for Emergency Service

Thursday, May 31, 2018

When called up during emergencies, California’s National Guard serves at the command of the governor. Their missions include responding to natural disasters such as wildfires, floods, and earthquakes.

SB 924, by Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga), would exempt from state income taxes income that is paid by the state to Guard Members when activated in emergency circumstances.

“Passing this legislation honors the sacrifices made by individuals who are called away from their families in times of crisis to protect our homes and property,” said Morrell.

The bill follows the lead of states like New York, Oregon, Virginia, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Michigan, all of which offer various tax benefits to members of the Armed Forces.

SB 924 is sponsored by the National Guard Association of California, which advocates for the interests of current and past members of the State Military Department as well as its federal active duty and reserve force comrades in arms.

The measure passed with full Senate consent. It next heads to the Assembly for consideration.