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AB-1495 Hospitals: seismic safety.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 03/21/2019 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 21, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1495


Introduced by Assembly Member O’Donnell

February 22, 2019


An act to amend Section 130062 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to hospitals.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1495, as amended, O’Donnell. Hospitals: seismic safety.
Existing law, the Alfred E. Alquist Hospital Facilities Seismic Safety Act of 1983, establishes a program of seismic safety building standards for certain hospitals. Existing law requires all hospitals with buildings subject to a seismic compliance deadline of January 1, 2020, and that are seeking an extension for their buildings to submit an application to the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development by April 1, 2019, that specifies the seismic compliance method each building will use. Once an extension is granted, existing law requires the hospital and the office to identify major milestones to determine whether the hospital is making adequate progress toward meeting the new seismic compliance deadline and imposes assessments for failure to meet those milestones. Existing law authorizes the extension to be until July 1, 2022, if the compliance is based on a replacement or retrofit plan, as defined, or until January 1, 2025, if the compliance is based on an extension to be granted for a seismic compliance plan based on a replacement plan, a retrofit plan, or a rebuild plan, as defined. those terms are defined. Existing law prohibits an extension from being granted under these provisions for seismic compliance based upon a removal plan, as defined.

This bill would make a technical, nonsubstantive change to those provisions.

This bill would specify that if a hospital submitted a seismic compliance plan based on a removal plan, but also submitted a timely seismic compliance plan or plans based on one or more of the other methods of seismic compliance, the extension may be granted for the seismic compliance plan or plans based on the methods other than the removal plan.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 130062 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

130062.
 (a) For the purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:
(1) “Rebuild plan” means a plan to meet seismic standards primarily by constructing a new conforming SPC-5 building for use in lieu of an SPC-1 building.
(2) “Removal plan” means a plan to meet seismic standards primarily by removing acute care services or beds from the hospital’s license.
(3) “Replacement plan” means a plan to meet seismic standards primarily by relocating acute care services or beds from nonconforming buildings into a conforming building.
(4) “Retrofit plan” means a plan to meet seismic standards primarily by modifying the building in a manner that brings the building up to SPC-2, SPC-4D, or SPC-5 standards.
(b) All hospitals seeking an extension for their SPC-1 buildings shall submit to the office an application, in a manner acceptable to the office, by April 1, 2019. At a minimum, the application shall state which of the seismic compliance methods described in subdivision (a) will be used for each SPC-1 building.
(c) A hospital owner that has been granted an extension pursuant to subdivision (g) of Section 130060 or subdivision (b) of Section 130061.5 may request, and the office shall grant, an additional extension of time as set forth in this section.
(d) (1) For a hospital that seeks an extension for compliance based on a replacement plan or retrofit plan, the owner shall submit a construction schedule, obtain a building permit, and begin construction by April 1, 2020.
(2) Using the construction schedule submitted pursuant to paragraph (1), the hospital and the office shall identify at least two major milestones relating to the compliance plan that will be used as the basis for determining whether the hospital is making adequate progress toward meeting the seismic compliance deadline.
(3) Failure to comply with the requirements described in paragraph (1) or (2), or to meet any milestone agreed to pursuant to paragraph (2), shall result in the assessment of a fine of five thousand dollars ($5,000) per calendar day until the requirements or milestones, respectively, are met.
(4) Final seismic compliance shall be achieved by July 1, 2022.
(e) (1) For a hospital that seeks an extension for compliance based on a rebuild plan, the office shall grant an extension of up to five years. The owner shall submit, in a manner acceptable to the office, no later than July 1, 2020, the rebuild plan, deemed ready for review, and shall submit a construction schedule, obtain a building permit, and begin construction no later than January 1, 2022.
(2) The hospital and the office shall identify at least two major milestones, agreed upon by the hospital and the office, that will be used as the basis for determining whether the hospital is making adequate progress toward meeting the seismic compliance deadline.
(3) Failure to comply with the requirements described in paragraph (1) or (4), or to meet any milestone agreed to pursuant to paragraph (2) or (4), shall result in the assessment of a fine of five thousand dollars ($5,000) per calendar day until the requirements or milestones, respectively, are met.
(4) For a hospital that has previously submitted to the office a rebuild project under construction, the office may accept certification from the hospital that it has obtained appropriate building permits consistent with an approved incremental plan review and that construction thereunder has commenced and is continuing. The previously approved construction schedule shall be amended to reflect the extension being requested, and at least two new major milestones shall be identified. The owner shall not be required to resubmit construction plans previously submitted to the office, and the office may not impose new or different requirements for any increment already approved or building permit already issued by the office as a condition for granting an extension.
(5) Final seismic compliance shall be achieved, and a certificate of occupancy shall be obtained, by January 1, 2025.
(f) The office may grant an adjustment to the requirements described in paragraph (1) or (2) of subdivision (d) or paragraph (1) or (4) of subdivision (e), or the milestones agreed to pursuant to paragraph (2) of subdivision (d) or paragraph (2) or (4) of subdivision (e), as necessary to deal with contractor, labor, or material delays, or with acts of God, or with governmental entitlements, experieapplication for the extension, and shall permit only that additional time necessary to allow the owner to deal with compliance plan issues that cannot be fully met without the extension.
(h) No extension shall be granted pursuant to this section for SPC-1 buildings unless the owner has submitted to the office, by January 1, 2018, a seismic compliance plan.
(i) (1) An extension shall not be granted pursuant to this section for seismic compliance based upon a removal plan.
(2) Notwithstanding paragraph (1), if a hospital submitted a seismic compliance plan based on a removal plan, but also submitted a timely seismic compliance plan or plans based on one or more of the other methods described in subdivision (a), the extension may be granted under this section for the seismic compliance plan or plans based on the methods other than the removal plan.
(j) In lieu of the reporting requirements described in Section 130061, a hospital granted an extension pursuant to this section shall provide a quarterly status report to the office, with the first report due on July 1, 2019, and every October 1, January 1, April 1, and July 1 thereafter, until seismic compliance is achieved. The office shall post the status reports on its internet website.
(k) Before June 1, 2019, the office shall provide the Legislature with an inventory of the SPC category of each hospital building. A report submitted to the Legislature pursuant to this subdivision shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(l) (1) The office may revoke an extension granted pursuant to this section for a hospital building where the assessment for a penalty exceeds 60 days.
(2) Notwithstanding any other law, any penalties assessed pursuant to this section shall be deposited into the General Fund within 45 days of assessment or within 45 days following a determination on appeal, if any. A hospital assessed a penalty pursuant to this section may appeal the assessment to the Hospital Building Safety Board, provided the hospital posts the funds for any penalties with the office, to be held pending the resolution of the appeal.
(3) The office shall not issue a construction final or certificate of occupancy for the building until all assessed penalties accrued pursuant to this section have been paid in full or, if an appeal is pending, have been posted subject to resolution of the appeal. Penalties deposited by the hospital pursuant to paragraph (2) shall be considered paid in full for purposes of issuing a construction final or certificate of occupancy. This paragraph is in addition to, and is not intended to supersede, any other requirements that must be met by the hospital for issuance of a construction final or certificate of occupancy.
(m) The office may promulgate emergency regulations as necessary to implement this section.