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AB-1309 University of California: UC Riverside Medical School.(2011-2012)

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Amended  IN  Senate  July 02, 2012
Amended  IN  Senate  June 27, 2011
Amended  IN  Assembly  May 04, 2011
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 31, 2011

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2011–2012 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1309


Introduced  by  Assembly Member Miller
Beth Gaines (Principal Coauthor(s): Assembly Member Cook, Donnelly, Hagman, Jeffries, Knight, Morrell, Nestande)
(Principal Coauthor(s): Senator Dutton, Emmerson)

February 18, 2011


An act to add and repeal Section 969.7 of the Streets and Highways Code, relating to public roads relating to the University of California, making an appropriation therefor, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1309, as amended, Miller. Public roads: fire suppression. University of California: UC Riverside Medical School.
Existing provisions of the California Constitution establish the University of California as a public trust under the administration of the Regents of the University of California. The University of California (UC) system includes 10 campuses, which are respectively located in Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz.
This bill would express findings and declarations of the Legislature relating to, among other things, the role of the UC Riverside Medical School in supporting California’s health care infrastructure. The bill would, from any amount paid to the State of California as a result of an investigation into possible overpayments of state funds to the Senior Care Action Network (SCAN) Health Plan and available for expenditure for the purposes of the bill, as the highest priority for the use of these funds, transfer $15,000,000 to the Regents of the University of California for allocation to the School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside, thereby making an appropriation.
This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

Existing law authorizes a county board of supervisors, after adopting a resolution, as specified, determining that the general county interest demands the improvement or repair of a privately owned road, to improve or repair that road and to pay for those improvements or repairs in a like manner as improvements or repairs of county highways.

This bill, until January 1, 2017, would grant a board of supervisors the same authority with respect to improvement and repair of a public road that is not a county highway or part of the county maintained system, if necessary for purposes of fire suppression.

Vote: MAJORITY2/3   Appropriation: NOYES   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) Several regions of Riverside County are federally designated Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs). The calculation of MUAs involves four variables: ratio of primary medical care physicians per 1,000 population, infant mortality rate, percentage of the population with incomes below the poverty level, and percentage of the population 65 years of age or over.
(b) The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, if fully implemented in 2014, will mean millions of previously uninsured Californians will be seeking health services, including physician care.
(c) The aging of baby boomers will place further demands on physicians.
(d) As a result of this additional demand for physician services, the projected statewide physician shortfall is 17,000 by 2015.
(e) In July 2008, the Regents of the University of California approved the establishment of the School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside (UC Riverside Medical School). The UC Riverside Medical School is scheduled to enroll its first incoming class in August 2013.
(f) The medical schools of the University of California, including the UC Riverside Medical School, are playing an important role in addressing current and future physician shortages.
(g) The Senior Care Action Network (SCAN) Health Plan serves over 115,000 Medicare beneficiaries in California, including nearly 20,000 that reside in Riverside County.
(h) California’s share of the impending settlement of a U.S. Department of Justice investigation into SCAN Health Plan’s payment rates is expected to exceed $100 million.
(i) Given the critical role the UC Riverside Medical School will play in supporting California’s health care infrastructure, and the direct impact that the SCAN Health Plan has had on thousands of Riverside County seniors, it is appropriate that the UC Riverside Medical School receive a portion of the SCAN settlement so it can continue its vital mission of training future physicians.

SEC. 2.

 Notwithstanding any other law, from any amount paid to the State of California as a result of an investigation into possible overpayments of state funds to the Senior Care Action Network (SCAN) Health Plan and available for expenditure for the purposes of this act, as the highest priority for the use of these funds, fifteen million dollars ($15,000,000) shall be transferred to the Regents of the University of California for allocation, without regard to fiscal year, to the School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside.

SEC. 3.

 This act is an urgency statute necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety within the meaning of Article IV of the Constitution and shall go into immediate effect. The facts constituting the necessity are:
In order to provide crucial funding to launch the vital health care mission of the School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside, it is necessary that this act take effect immediately.
SECTION 1.Section 969.7 is added to the Streets and Highways Code, to read:
969.7.

(a)A board of supervisors may, after it has determined by a resolution adopted by a four-fifths vote of its membership that the general county interest demands the improvement or repair of a public road that is not a county highway and is not in the county maintained system, improve or repair the road if the improvements or repairs are necessary for the purpose of fire suppression. Those improvements or repairs shall be made and paid for in the same manner as improvements or repairs of county highways. Proceedings under this section shall not cause the road to become a county highway.

(b)This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2017, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that is enacted before January 1, 2017, deletes or extends that date.