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TITLE 2. GOVERNMENT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA [8000 - 22980]

  ( Title 2 enacted by Stats. 1943, Ch. 134. )

DIVISION 3. EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT [11000 - 15986]

  ( Division 3 added by Stats. 1945, Ch. 111. )

PART 7.3. California Energy Infrastructure Safety Act [15470 - 15476]
  ( Part 7.3 added by Stats. 2019, Ch. 81, Sec. 3. )

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(a) The state has long recognized the critical nature of its energy and communication infrastructure, in its importance in driving the engine of the state’s prosperity, in the hardships placed on the state’s residents in the absence of the services the infrastructure provides, and in the devastation that can occur when the operators of the infrastructure lose operational control of the infrastructure. To ensure that the operations of energy and communication infrastructure within the state will be managed adequately, the Legislature finds and declares all of the following are necessary:

(1) To provide for a state office to be known and referred to as the Office of Energy Infrastructure Safety, within the Natural Resources Agency, and to prescribe the powers and duties of the director of that office.

(2) To provide for the coordination of functions among state entities with jurisdiction over other functions of the state’s energy and communication service providers.

(3) To authorize the establishment of such organizations and the taking of such actions as are necessary and proper to carry out the provisions of this part.

(b) It is further declared to be the purpose of this part and the policy of this state that all environmental, health, and safety functions of this state shall be coordinated as far as possible with the comparable functions of its political subdivisions, of the federal government, including its various departments and agencies, of other states, and of private agencies of every type, to the end that the most effective use may be made of all manpower, resources, and facilities in managing the environmental, health, and safety of energy and communication infrastructure in the state.

(Added by Stats. 2019, Ch. 81, Sec. 3. (AB 111) Effective July 12, 2019.)

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This part may be cited as the “California Energy Infrastructure Safety Act.”

(Added by Stats. 2019, Ch. 81, Sec. 3. (AB 111) Effective July 12, 2019.)

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For purposes of this part:

(a) “Director” means the Director of the Office of Energy Infrastructure Safety.

(b) “Office” means Office of Energy Infrastructure Safety.

(Added by Stats. 2019, Ch. 81, Sec. 3. (AB 111) Effective July 12, 2019.)

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(a) There is in state government, within the Natural Resources Agency, the Office of Energy Infrastructure Safety. The office shall be under the supervision of the Director of the Office of Energy Infrastructure Safety, who shall have all rights and powers of a head of an office as provided by this code.

(b) The director shall be appointed by, and hold office at the pleasure of, the Governor. The appointment of the director is subject to confirmation by the Senate.

(1) The director shall receive an annual salary as set forth in Section 11552.

(2) The Governor may appoint a deputy director of the office. The deputy director shall hold office at the pleasure of the Governor.

(c) In carrying out the provisions of this part, the director may:

(1) Cooperate and contract with public and private agencies for the performance of such acts, the rendition of such services, and the affording of such facilities as may be necessary and proper.

(2) Do such other acts and things as may be necessary and incidental to the exercise of powers and the discharge of duties conferred or imposed by the provisions of this part.

(Added by Stats. 2019, Ch. 81, Sec. 3. (AB 111) Effective July 12, 2019.)

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Nothing in this part shall operate to prevent the office from formally recognizing committees or boards established by or with segments of the private sector, public agencies, or both the private sector and public agencies, that control facilities, resources, or the provision of services essential to the operation of energy or communication infrastructure.

(Added by Stats. 2019, Ch. 81, Sec. 3. (AB 111) Effective July 12, 2019.)

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The office is the successor to, and, effective July 1, 2021, is vested with, all of the duties, powers, and responsibilities of the Wildfire Safety Division, including, but not limited to, the power to compel information and conduct investigations. All laws prescribing the duties, powers, and responsibilities of the Wildfire Safety Division to which the office succeeds, together with all lawful rules and regulations established under those laws, are expressly continued in force.

(Added by Stats. 2019, Ch. 81, Sec. 3. (AB 111) Effective July 12, 2019.)

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The Public Utilities Commission and the office shall enter into a memorandum of understanding to cooperatively develop consistent approaches and share data related to electric infrastructure safety. The commission and the office shall share results from various safety activities, including relevant inspections and regulatory development.

(Added by Stats. 2019, Ch. 81, Sec. 3. (AB 111) Effective July 12, 2019.)

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