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AB-1516 Fire prevention: wildfire risk: defensible space and fuels reduction management.(2019-2020)

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Bill Status
AB-1516
Friedman (A)
Stern (S)
Jackson (S)
Fire prevention: wildfire risk: defensible space and fuels reduction management.
03/25/19
An act to amend Sections 23010, 51182, and 51186 of the Government Code, and to amend Sections 4124.5, 4291, 4740, and 4741 of, to add Sections 4291.8 and 4295.6 to, and to add and repeal Sections 4291.5, 4291.6, and 4291.7 of, the Public Resources Code, relating to fire prevention.
Assembly
09/17/19
09/06/19

Type of Measure
Inactive Bill - Vetoed
Majority Vote Required
Non-Appropriation
Fiscal Committee
State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Urgency
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
10/13/19 Vetoed by Governor.
09/24/19 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:30 p.m.
09/11/19 Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 76. Noes 0. Page 3390.).
09/11/19 Assembly Rule 77 suspended. (Page 3370.)
09/10/19 In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending. May be considered on or after September 12 pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 1516 without my signature.

This bill makes numerous changes to reduce wildfire risk for individuals and communities aimed at improving fire safety.

Over the last ten years wildfires in California have increased in severity. In the last two years California experienced the most devastating fires in our history. The importance of reducing the number and impact of these fires and making our state resilient to their risk cannot be overstated.

Home hardening, adequate defensible space, vegetation management and compliance with mitigation measures are all critical components to making our communities in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) resilient to the threat of wildfires. However, each community is different and the best practices to achieve resiliency need to be crafted to meet the individual needs of that community. This bill takes a broad swath approach that does not reflect those individual needs.

This year we have invested more than a billion dollars to significantly enhance fire prevention and fighting capabilities.

Additionally, I signed legislation to help California communities become stronger and more resilient by: reviewing regional capacity of very high fire hazard severity zones to improve forest health, fire resilience, and safety; conducting a pilot project to build best practices for overall community resiliency through state and local partnership, requiring development of a model defensible space program; Fire Safety Building Standards Compliance training; and tools to support implementation of building standards.

These efforts will guide community resiliency efforts as we continue to work to prevent catastrophic wildfires.

Sincerely,





Gavin Newsom