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AB-1251 Local public health orders.(2021-2022)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.
 The Legislature finds and declares the following:
(a) State and county public health departments should develop and provide relevant and data-based public health and clinical services targeted to the specific health needs of residents in different communities and regions.
(b) The County of Los Angeles, comparable to the geographic size of the States of Delaware and Rhode Island combined, has the largest population of any county in the United States. The County of Los Angeles is larger in population than the nine counties of the San Francisco Bay area, with a population of approximately 10,000,000 residents.
(c) The County of Los Angeles is divided into geographic areas, known as service planning areas, to allow the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to provide relevant public health and clinical services targeted to the specific health needs of the residents in each of the service planning areas.
(d) To achieve the goals of developing and providing more relevant and data-based public health services during a statewide or local public health emergency, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health public health orders, and the enforcement of these orders, must be based on data for each public health service planning area and not on countywide data.

SEC. 2.

 Section 53024 is added to the Government Code, to read:

53024.
 (a) For the purposes of this section, “service planning area” means the subdivided areas of the County of Los Angeles intended to facilitate and improve local service and health care planning, as defined in Section 3.29.010 of the Los Angeles County Code.
(b) A public health order issued by the County of Los Angeles local health officer pursuant to Section 101040 or 120175 of the Health and Safety Code due to the COVID-19 pandemic shall be based on data for each respective service planning area and not on data for the entire County of Los Angeles. An order issued pursuant to this section shall include the data for each respective service planning area upon which the order is based.
(c) This section shall remain operative until the termination of the state of emergency proclaimed by the Governor on March 4, 2020, regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
SEC. 3.
 The Legislature finds and declares that a special statute is necessary and that a general statute cannot be made applicable within the meaning of Section 16 of Article IV of the California Constitution because of the unique circumstances regarding the large population of the County of Los Angeles. It is necessary that special legislation be enacted to ensure relevant data-based public health services and orders are based on the specific needs of residents in the respective service planning areas within the County of Los Angeles.
SEC. 4.
 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.