Amended in Senate March 17, 2016

Amended in Senate February 23, 2016

Amended in Assembly January 26, 2016

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 1346


Introduced by Assembly Member Gray

(Principal coauthors: Senators Hertzberg and Hill)

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(Coauthors: Assembly Members Alejo, Dababneh, Gatto, Kim, Mullin, Rodriguez, and Wilk)

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(Coauthors: Senators Cannella and Wieckowski)

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February 27, 2015


An act to amend Section 8587.8 of, and to add Section 8570.4 to the Government Code, relating to state government, making an appropriation therefor, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 1346, as amended, Gray. Office of Emergency Services: State Emergency Plan and statewide earthquake early warning system.

(1) The California Emergency Services Act requires the Governor to coordinate the State Emergency Plan and any programs necessary for the mitigation of the effects of an emergency in this state, as specified. Existing law requires the Office of Emergency Services to update the State Emergency Plan, on or beforebegin delete January 1,end deletebegin insert July 31,end insert 2015, to include proposed best practices for local governments and nongovernmental entities to use to mobilize and evacuate people with disabilities, and others with access and functional needs, during an emergency or natural disaster.

This bill would require the Office of Emergency Services to update the State Emergency Plan on or before January 1, 2018, and every 5 years thereafter, and would require the plan to be consistent with specified state climate adaptation strategies.

(2) Existing law requires the office, in collaboration withbegin delete the Alfred E. Alquist Seismic Safety Commission and otherend delete specified entities, to develop a comprehensive statewide earthquake early warning system in California through a public-private partnership, as specified. Existing law requires the office to identify funding for the system through single or multiple sources of revenue, and requires those sources to exclude the General Fund and to be limited to federal funds, funds from revenue bonds, local funds, and funds from private sources. Under existing law, the requirement that the office develop the system is not operative until funding is identified, and is repealed if funding is not identified by July 1, 2016.

This bill would discontinue the requirement that the funding sources for the system exclude the General Fund and be limited to federal funds, funds from revenue bonds, local funds, and funds from private sources. The bill would delete the provisions providing for the repeal and the contingent operation of the requirement that the office develop the system. The bill would appropriate $23,100,000 from the General Fund to the office for the purpose of implementing the system.

This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

Vote: 23. Appropriation: yes. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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SECTION 1.  

Section 8570.4 is added to the Government Code,
2to read:

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8570.4.  

(a) The Office of Emergency Services shall update
4the State Emergency Plan on or before January 1, 2018, and every
5five years thereafter.

6(b) The State Emergency Plan shall be consistent with the
7following state climate adaptation strategies:

8(1) The Safeguarding California Plan published by the Natural
9Resources Agency.

P3    1(2) The California Climate Adaptation Planning Guide published
2by the Natural Resources Agency and the Office of Emergency
3Services.

4(3) To the extent applicable, the Internet Web site
5begin delete www.cal-adapt.orgend deletebegin insert cal-adapt.orgend insert published by the California
6Energy Commission.

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SEC. 2.  

Section 8587.8 of the Government Code is amended
8to read:

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8587.8.  

(a) The Office of Emergency Services, in collaboration
10with the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), the California
11Geological Survey, the University of California, the United States
12Geological Survey, the Alfred E. Alquist Seismic Safety
13Commission, and other stakeholders, shall develop a
14comprehensive statewide earthquake early warning system in
15California through a public-private partnership, which shall include,
16but not be limited to, the following features:

17(1) Installation of field sensors.

18(2) Improvement of field telemetry.

19(3) Construction and testing of central processing and
20notification centers.

21(4) Establishment of warning notification distribution paths to
22the public.

23(5) Integration of earthquake early warning education with
24general earthquake preparedness efforts.

25(b) In consultation with stakeholders, the Office of Emergency
26Services shall develop an approval mechanism to review
27compliance with earthquake early warning standards as they are
28developed. The development of the approval mechanism shall
29include input from a broad representation of earthquake early
30warning stakeholders. The approval mechanism shall accomplish
31all of the following:

32(1) Ensure the standards are appropriate.

33(2) Determine the degree to which the standards apply to
34providers and components of the system.

35(3) Determine methods to ensure compliance with the standards.

36(4) Determine requirements for participation in the system.

37(c) The Office of Emergency Services shall identify funding
38for the system described in subdivision (a) through single or
39multiple sources of revenue.

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SEC. 3.  

The sum of twenty-three million one hundred thousand
2dollars ($23,100,000) is hereby appropriated from the General
3Fund to the Office of Emergency Services for the purpose of
4implementing a comprehensive statewide earthquake early warning
5system pursuant to Section 8587.8 of the Government Code.

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SEC. 4.  

This act is an urgency statute necessary for the
7immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety within
8the meaning of Article IV of the Constitution and shall go into
9immediate effect. The facts constituting the necessity are:

10In order to protect the public from the continuing threat of loss
11of life and property damage due to earthquakes, it is necessary that
12this act take effect immediately.



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