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          Date of Hearing:  May 6, 2015


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                                 Jimmy Gomez, Chair


          AB  
          764 (Quirk) - As Amended April 16, 2015


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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  NoReimbursable:  No


          SUMMARY:


          This bill:


          1)Authorizes the Building Standards Commission (BSC) to adopt  








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            building standards to require that the installation of vehicle  
            barriers be added to the list of considerations in the design  
            of any new commercial property parking lot.


          2)Authorizes an insurer to consider providing discounts to  
            property owners that install vehicle barriers.


          FISCAL EFFECT:


          Any costs to the BSC would be minor and absorbable.


          COMMENTS:


          Background and Purpose. According to the Storefront Safety  
          Council, more than 60 vehicle-into-building crashes occur each  
          day, resulting in over 3,650 injuries and 500 fatalities  
          nationwide per year.  Most often, these storefront crashes  
          involve pedal or other driver error, with elderly drivers  
          accounting for nearly half of all storefront crashes. 


          According to the author, while building codes already exist that  
          have design standards to protect gas meters, fire hydrants, and  
          chemical tanks, few localities have established appropriate  
          standards for protection of building occupants.  While many  
          major retailers in the United States already use impact  
          protection devices, other property owners have been slower to  
          recognize the problem or have been awaiting government  
          guidelines on which preventative measures to adopt. According to  
          the author, this bill "seeks to provide awareness of storefront  
          crashes and encourage the use of safety [barriers] in building  
          design.










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          Analysis Prepared by:Chuck Nicol / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081