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AB-1548 California State Nonprofit Security Grant Program.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 10/14/2019 09:00 PM
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Assembly Bill No. 1548
CHAPTER 734

An act to add and repeal Section 8588.9 of the Government Code, relating to state government, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately.

[ Approved by Governor  October 11, 2019. Filed with Secretary of State  October 11, 2019. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1548, Gabriel. California State Nonprofit Security Grant Program.
Existing law establishes the Office of Emergency Services within the office of the Governor and under the supervision of the Director of Emergency Services and makes the Office of Emergency Services responsible for the state’s emergency and disaster response services for natural, technological, or manmade disasters and emergencies.
This bill would establish the California State Nonprofit Security Grant Program under the administration of the director to improve the physical security of nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of violent attacks or hate crimes due to ideology, beliefs, or mission, as specified. The bill would make the operation of the program contingent upon an appropriation in the annual Budget Act for these purposes. The bill would repeal those provisions on January 1, 2025.
This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.
Vote: 2/3   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 8588.9 is added to the Government Code, to read:

8588.9.
 (a) The California State Nonprofit Security Grant Program is hereby established under the administration of the director to improve the physical security of nonprofit organizations, including schools, clinics, community centers, churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, and similar locations that are at a high risk for violent attacks or hate crimes due to ideology, beliefs, or mission.
(b) The California State Nonprofit Security Grant Program shall provide grants for the purpose of hardening soft targets that are nonprofit organizations and at a high risk for violent attacks and hate crimes, as described in subdivision (a). Grant money may be distributed to applicants for all of the following security enhancements:
(1) Security guards.
(2) Reinforced doors and gates.
(3) High-intensity lighting and alarms.
(4) Any other security enhancement consistent with the purpose of the California State Nonprofit Security Grant Program.
(c) An applicant shall not be granted an amount greater than two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000).
(d) The operation of the California State Nonprofit Security Grant Program is contingent upon an appropriation in the annual Budget Act for purposes of this section.
(e) The director shall adopt, as necessary, application procedures, forms, administrative guidelines, and other requirements for purposes of implementing and administering the California State Nonprofit Security Grant Program. All application procedures, forms, administrative guidelines, and other requirements developed by the director pursuant to this subdivision shall be exempt from the rulemaking provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code).
(f) This section shall be in effect only until January 1, 2025, and as of that date is repealed.

SEC. 2.

 This act is an urgency statute necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety within the meaning of Article IV of the California Constitution and shall go into immediate effect. The facts constituting the necessity are:
The grant program created by this act will save lives by bolstering security at places of worship and other institutions facing hate-motivated violence. The increase in hate-motivated violence and the shocking increase in the number of hate groups have made improving security at nonprofit organizations an urgent priority that needs to begin as soon as possible.