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AB-836 Wildfire Smoke Clean Air Centers for Vulnerable Populations Incentive Program.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 05/20/2019 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  May 20, 2019
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 11, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 836


Introduced by Assembly Member Wicks
(Principal coauthor: Assembly Member Kalra)
(Coauthor: Assembly Member Chiu)

February 20, 2019


An act to add Chapter 9.5 (commencing with Section 39960) to Part 2 of Division 26 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to nonvehicular air pollution.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 836, as amended, Wicks. Wildfire Smoke Clean Air Centers for Vulnerable Populations Incentive Program.
Existing law generally designates the State Air Resources Board as the state agency with the primary responsibility for the control of vehicular air pollution and air pollution control and air quality management districts with the primary responsibility for the control of air pollution from all sources other than vehicular sources.
This bill would establish the Wildfire Smoke Clean Air Centers for Vulnerable Populations Incentive Program, to be administered by the state board, to provide funding through a grant program to retrofit ventilation systems to create a network of clean air centers in order to mitigate the adverse public health impacts due to wildfires and other smoke events, as specified. The bill would specify that moneys for the program would be available upon appropriation.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Chapter 9.5 (commencing with Section 39960) is added to Part 2 of Division 26 of the Health and Safety Code, to read:
CHAPTER  9.5 Wildfire Smoke Clean Air Centers for Vulnerable Populations Incentive Program

39960.
 (a) (1) The Wildfire Smoke Clean Air Centers for Vulnerable Populations Incentive Program is hereby established to be administered by the state board to provide funding through a grant program to retrofit ventilation systems to create a network of clean air centers in order to mitigate the adverse public health impacts due to wildfires and other smoke events.
(2) Moneys for the program shall be available upon appropriation by the Legislature.
(b) Qualified applicants shall include, but need not be limited to, all of the following:
(1) Schools.
(2) Community centers.
(3) Senior centers.
(4) Sports centers.
(5) Libraries.
(c) The state board shall develop guidelines for the program in consultation with districts, cities, counties, public health agencies, school districts, and other stakeholders. The guidelines shall address all of the following:
(1) Location of the applicant.
(2) Size of the applicant’s facility.
(3) Facility ventilation characteristics that could provide healthier indoor air quality in the event of a localized smoke impact.
(d) (1) The state board shall prioritize applications to the program where the project is located in an area with a high cumulative smoke exposure burden.
(2) Within areas described in paragraph (1), the state board shall give priority to a school maintained by a local educational agency that has at least 40 percent of its pupils being from low-income families, as specified pursuant to Title I of the federal Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. Sec. 6301 et seq.).