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SB-821 Emergency notification: Office of Emergency Services: county jurisdictions.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 01/03/2018 02:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 821


Introduced by Senator Jackson
(Principal coauthor: Assembly Member Limón)

January 03, 2018


An act to amend Section 8585 of the Government Code, relating to emergency services.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 821, as introduced, Jackson. Emergency notification: Office of Emergency Services: county jurisdictions.
The California Emergency Services Act establishes the Office of Emergency Services in the office of the Governor and provides that the office is responsible for the state’s emergency and disaster response services for natural, technological, or manmade disasters and emergencies, including activities necessary to prevent, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of emergencies and disasters to people and property.
This bill would specify that the Office of Emergency Services may assist county jurisdictions in developing effective public emergency warning systems.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 8585 of the Government Code is amended to read:

8585.
 (a) (1) There is in state government, within the office of the Governor, the Office of Emergency Services. The Office of Emergency Services shall be under the supervision of the Director of Emergency Services, who shall have all rights and powers of a head of an office as provided by this code, and shall be referred to as the Director of Emergency Services.
(2) Unless the context clearly requires otherwise, whenever the term “California Emergency Management Agency” appears in any statute, regulation, or contract, or in any other code, it shall be construed to refer to the Office of Emergency Services, and whenever the term “Secretary of Emergency Management” or the “Secretary of the Emergency Management Agency” appears in statute, regulation, or contract, or in any other code, it shall be construed to refer to the Director of Emergency Services.
(3) Unless the context clearly requires otherwise, whenever the term “Director of Homeland Security” or “Office of Homeland Security” appears in any statute, regulation, or contract, or in any other code, it shall be construed to refer to the Office of Emergency Services, and whenever the term “Director of Homeland Security” or “Director of the Office of Homeland Security” appears in any statute, regulation, or contract, or in any other code, it shall be construed to refer to the Director of Emergency Services.
(b) (1) The Office of Emergency Services and the Director of Emergency Services shall succeed to and are vested with all the duties, powers, purposes, responsibilities, and jurisdiction vested in the California Emergency Management Agency and the Secretary of Emergency Management, respectively.
(2) The Office of Emergency Services and the Director of Emergency Services shall succeed to and are vested with all the duties, powers, purposes, responsibilities, and jurisdiction vested in the Office of Homeland Security and the Director of Homeland Security, respectively.
(c) The Office of Emergency Services shall be considered a law enforcement organization as required for receipt of criminal intelligence information pursuant to subdivision (f) of Section 6254 by persons employed within the office whose duties and responsibilities require the authority to access criminal intelligence information.
(d) Persons employed by the Office of Emergency Services whose duties and responsibilities require the authority to access criminal intelligence information shall be furnished state summary criminal history information as described in Section 11105 of the Penal Code, if needed in the course of their duties.
(e) (1) The Office of Emergency Services shall be responsible for the state’s emergency and disaster response services for natural, technological, or manmade disasters and emergencies, including responsibility for activities necessary to prevent, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of emergencies and disasters to people and property.
(2) The Office of Emergency Services may assist county jurisdictions in developing effective public emergency warning systems.
(f) Notwithstanding any other law, nothing in this section shall not authorize an employee of the Office of Emergency Services to access criminal intelligence information under subdivision (c) or (d) for the purpose of determining eligibility for, or providing access to, disaster-related assistance and services.