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AB-1225 State Department of Public Health: regulations.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/17/2017 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1225


Introduced by Assembly Member Patterson

February 17, 2017


An act to add Section 131226 to the Health and Safety Code, relating to public health.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1225, as introduced, Patterson. State Department of Public Health: regulations.
The Administrative Procedure Act governs the procedure for the adoption, amendment, or repeal of regulations by state agencies and for the review of those regulatory actions by the Office of Administrative Law.
Existing law establishes within state government the State Department of Public Health for purposes of administering certain duties and powers related to the public health, as specified. Existing law authorizes the department to adopt and enforce regulations for the execution of its duties, as specified.
This bill would require the State Department of Public Health to report to the Legislature annually on its efforts to update or modernize its regulations, as specified, including with regard to its use of program flex waivers. The bill would also require the department to focus on adopting amendments to regulations that tend to receive the highest number of program flex waivers, as specified.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 131226 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

131226.
 (a) The department shall report to the Legislature annually on its efforts to update or modernize its regulations under Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations to better reflect modern day best practices and technologies with regard to the department’s administration of that title and also its use of program flex waivers. The annual report shall be submitted to the Legislature in compliance with the requirements set forth in Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(b) The department shall thereafter focus on, and prioritize, the adoption of amendments to regulations that tend to receive the highest number of program flex waivers, as reported pursuant to subdivision (a), for purposes of updating those regulations and avoiding overuse of the program flex waiver.