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AB-1166 Public works: protection of underground infrastructure: regional notification center system: electronic positive response.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 06/10/2019 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  June 10, 2019
Amended  IN  Assembly  May 01, 2019
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 01, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1166


Introduced by Assembly Member Levine

February 21, 2019


An act to amend Section 4216.3 of the Government Code, relating to underground infrastructure.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1166, as amended, Levine. Public works: protection of underground infrastructure: regional notification center system: electronic positive response.
Existing law creates the California Underground Facilities Safe Excavation Board and requires the board to perform various duties relating to the protection of subsurface installations. Existing law requires an excavator planning to conduct an excavation to notify the appropriate regional notification center of the excavator’s intent to excavate at least 2 working days, and not more than 14 calendar days, before beginning that excavation. Existing law requires the regional notification center to take the information and provide a ticket, and prohibits an excavator from beginning excavation until the excavator receives a response from all known operators of subsurface installations within the delineated boundaries of the proposed area of excavation, as provided. Existing law, commencing January 1, 2018, authorizes every operator to supply an electronic positive response through the regional notification center before the legal excavation start date and time, and requires the regional notification center to make those responses available to the excavator. Existing law defines an electronic “electronic positive response, response, for these purposes, to mean an electronic response from an operator to the regional notification center providing the status of an operator’s statutorily required response to a ticket.
This bill would, instead, on and after January 1, 2021, require every operator to supply an electronic positive response through the regional notification center before the legal excavation start date and time, and would require the board, on or before January 1, 2021, to adopt regulations to implement this requirement. The bill would also require the board to oversee technology development in communication between regional notification centers and operators that enhances safety, accountability, and efficiency on a reasonable schedule for compliance. regional notification centers to annually report to the board regarding technological development, as prescribed.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 4216.3 of the Government Code is amended to read:

4216.3.
 (a) (1) (A) Unless the excavator and operator mutually agree to a later start date and time, or otherwise agree to the sequence and timeframe in which the operator will locate and field mark, an operator shall do one of the following before the legal excavation start date and time:
(i) Locate and field mark within the area delineated for excavation and, where multiple subsurface installations of the same type are known to exist together, mark the number of subsurface installations.
(ii) To the extent and degree of accuracy that the information is available, provide information to an excavator where the operator’s active or inactive subsurface installations are located.
(iii) Advise the excavator it operates no subsurface installations in the area delineated for excavation.
(B) An operator shall mark newly installed subsurface installations in areas with continuing excavation activity.
(C) An operator shall indicate with an “A” inside a circle the presence of any abandoned subsurface installations, if known, within the delineated area. The markings are to make an excavator aware that there are abandoned subsurface installations within that delineated work area.
(2) Only a qualified person shall perform subsurface installation locating activities.
(3) A qualified person performing subsurface installation locating activities on behalf of an operator shall use a minimum of a single-frequency utility locating device and shall have access to alternative sources for verification, if necessary.
(4) An operator shall amend, update, maintain, and preserve all plans and records for its subsurface installations as that information becomes known. If there is a change in ownership of a subsurface installation, the records shall be turned over to the new operator. Commencing January 1, 2017, records on abandoned subsurface installations, to the extent that those records exist, shall be retained.
(b) If the field marks are no longer reasonably visible, an excavator shall renotify the regional notification center with a request for remarks that can be for all or a portion of the excavation. Excavation shall cease in the area to be remarked. If the delineation markings are no longer reasonably visible, the excavator shall redelineate the area to be remarked. If remarks are requested, the operator shall have two working days, not including the date of request, to remark the subsurface installation. If the area to be remarked is not the full extent of the original excavation, the excavator shall delineate the portion to be remarked and provide a description of the area requested to be remarked on the ticket. The excavator shall provide a description for the area to be remarked that falls within the area of the original location request.
(c) (1) (A) On and after January 1, 2021, every operator shall supply an electronic positive response through the regional notification center before the legal excavation start date and time. On or before January 1, 2021, the board shall adopt regulations to implement this requirement.
(B) The regional notification center shall make the responses required by subparagraph (A) available to the excavator.
(2) The board regional notification centers shall oversee technology annually report to the board regarding their continual technological development in their roles of facilitating communication between regional notification centers excavators and operators in a manner that enhances safety, accountability, and efficiency on a reasonable schedule for compliance. efficiency.
(d) The excavator shall notify the appropriate regional notification center of the failure of an operator to identify subsurface installations pursuant to subparagraph (A) or (B) of paragraph (1) of subdivision (a), or subdivision (b). The notification shall include the ticket issued by the regional notification center. A The regional notification center shall maintain a record of all notifications received pursuant to this subdivision shall be maintained by the regional notification center for a period of not less than three years. The record shall be available for inspection pursuant to subdivision (f) of Section 4216.2.
(e) If an operator or local agency knows that it has a subsurface installation embedded or partially embedded in the pavement that is not visible from the surface, the operator or local agency shall contact the excavator before pavement removal to communicate and determine a plan of action to protect that subsurface installation and excavator.