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AB-1823 Fire protection: local fire planning.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 06/05/2019 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  June 05, 2019
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 11, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1823


Introduced by Committee on Natural Resources (Assembly Members Friedman (Chair), Flora (Vice Chair), Chau, Eggman, Cristina Garcia, Limón, Mathis, McCarty, Muratsuchi, and Mark Stone)

March 12, 2019


An act to amend Section 4290.1 of Sections 4290.1 and 4630.2 of, to add Section 4005 to, and to repeal Section 4124.7 of, the Public Resources Code, relating to fire protection.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1823, as amended, Committee on Natural Resources. Fire protection: local fire planning.

Existing

(1) Existing law requires the State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection, on or before July 1, 2022, to develop criteria for and maintain a “Fire Risk Reduction Community” list of local agencies located in a state responsibility area or a very high fire hazard severity zone that meet best practices for local fire planning. Existing law requires the state board to consider certain things when developing the criteria for the list, including recently developed or updated community wildfire protection plans.
This bill would also require the state board, when considering developing criteria for the list, to consider compliance with the state board’s regulations, including minimum fire safety standards. The bill would require the state board to post the list on its internet website. The bill would also repeal a duplicative and inoperative provision that incorrectly names the list.
(2) Existing law establishes the Forest Management Task Force pursuant to a specified executive order issued by the Governor, and requires the task force or its successor entity, on or before July 1, 2020, in consultation with specified entities, to develop recommendations for the siting of additional wood product manufacturing facilities in the state. Existing law specifies that it is the intent of the Legislature, in developing those recommendations, that the location and activities of the mass timber production facilities be, among other things, located in, or be approximate to, areas that are near the locations of large landscape fires, as described, and in areas identified as federal opportunity zones or in areas that have an average household income of 5% below the state’s median household income.
This bill would add a definition of the task force for purposes of those provisions and recast the median household income threshold from 5% below to at least 5% below the state’s median household income.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 4005 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:

4005.
 “Forest Management Task Force” means the task force established by the Governor to oversee the implementation of Executive Order No. B-52-18.

SEC. 2.

 Section 4124.7 of the Public Resources Code, as added by Section 3 of Chapter 632 of the Statutes of 2018, is repealed.
4124.7.

(a)The department shall, except for activities described in paragraph (5) of subdivision (c) of Section 4124.5, prioritize local assistance grant funding applications from local agencies based on the “Fire Adapted Community” list, upon development of the list, pursuant to Section 4290.1.

(b)The prioritization required in subdivision (a) shall not affect applications from entities that are not local agencies.

(c)This section shall become operative only if Assembly Bill 3160 of the 2017–18 Regular Session is chaptered and becomes effective on or before January 1, 2019.

SECTION 1.SEC. 3.

 Section 4290.1 of the Public Resources Code is amended to read:

4290.1.
 (a) On or before July 1, 2022, the board shall develop criteria for and maintain a “Fire Risk Reduction Community” list of local agencies located in a state responsibility area or a very high fire hazard severity zone, identified pursuant to Section 51178 of the Government Code="margin:0 0 1em 0;">
4630.2.
 (a) On or before July 1, 2020, the Forest Health Management Task Force pursuant to Executive Order B-52-18 or its successor entity shall, in consultation with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, the Joint Institute for Wood Products Innovation in the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection, private industry, investors, and other stakeholders it deems appropriate, develop recommendations for the siting of additional wood product manufacturing facilities in the state. These recommendations shall include include, but are not limited to: to, all of the following:
(1) A financially viable proposal for the development and construction of at least one new mass timber production facility that can manufacture mass timber panels that can be cross or dowel laminated or use similar mass timber technology.
(2) Identify and propose The identification and proposal of the necessary incentives needed to attract private investment to construct such a mass timber production facility in California.
(3) Identify The identification of other former manufacturing or wood processing sites that may be suitable for future investment.
(b) In developing the recommendations pursuant to subdivision (a), it is the intent of the Legislature that the location and activities of the mass timber production facilities, to the extent feasible, meet all of the following:
(1) Be adjacent to a high or very high fire hazard severity zone, as identified by the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and be capable of processing materials generated as a result of fuel treatments or other forest management practices.
(2) Generate mass timber workforce training and job creation opportunities.
(3) Be located in, or be proximate to, areas that are near the locations of large landscape fires of greater than 50,000 acres that have occurred since 2005 and in areas identified as federal opportunity zones or in areas that have an average household income of at least 5 percent below the state’s median household income.