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SB-531 Local emergencies: districts.(2017-2018)

Bill Status
Galgiani (S)
Local emergencies: districts.
An act to amend Sections 8557, 8558, 8610, 8611, 8616, 8625, 8630, 8634, 8657.5, and 8685.9 of the Government Code, relating to local emergencies.

Type of Measure
Active Bill - In Floor Process
Majority Vote Required
Non-Fiscal Committee
Non-State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
11/30/18 Last day to consider Governor’s veto pursuant to Joint Rule 58.5.
09/14/18 In Senate. Consideration of Governor's veto pending.
09/14/18 Vetoed by the Governor.
08/28/18 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:30 p.m.
08/21/18 Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 39. Noes 0. Page 5566.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Senate:

I am returning Senate Bill 531 without my signature.

This bill adds port districts that are not a department, division, or a subdivision of a city or county to the list of political subdivisions permitted to declare a local emergency under the California Emergency Services Act.
Allowing port districts to declare a local emergency without involving their neighboring cities and counties runs counter to the system of mutual aid which is dependent upon local cooperation. By facilitating the efficient flow of resources and information, local cooperation during an emergency allows the state to determine the proper allocation of emergency support. This bill will disrupt the state's ability to evaluate such resource requests - to the possible detriment of those who need help.


Edmund G. Brown Jr.