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AB-981 Forestry: California Fire Safe Council.(2021-2022)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.
 It is the intent of the Legislature to establish the California Fire Safe Council to identify and coordinate programs to address and minimize wildfire risks and programs providing for home hardening to reduce the impacts of wildfire on habitat structures.

SEC. 2.

 Chapter 13 (commencing with Section 4789.10) is added to Part 2 of Division 4 of the Public Resources Code, to read:

CHAPTER  13. California Fire Safe Council
4789.10.
 (a) The California Fire Safe Council is hereby established in the Natural Resources Agency consisting of 11 members as follows:
(1) The Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency or the secretary’s designee.
(2) The Director of Forestry and Fire Protection or the director’s designee.
(3) The Director of Emergency Services or the director’s designee.
(4) The Director of Conservation or the director’s designee.
(5) A representative from a state conservancy appointed by the Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency who shall serve at the pleasure of the secretary.
(6) Two public members appointed by the Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency.
(7) Two public members appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly.
(8) Two public members appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules.
(b) (1) Each public member shall have a demonstrated background in fire prevention, fire mitigation, or fire science and shall, except as provided in paragraph (2), serve for a term of four years. The terms of the members shall be staggered, in accordance with paragraph (2).
(2) The Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency, the Speaker of the Assembly, and the Senate Committee on Rules shall designate one member they initially appoint to the council to serve a two-year term.
(3) The chair of the council shall be a public member elected by a majority of the council.
(4) Public members shall serve without compensation, but each public member of the council shall be reimbursed for that public member’s actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of the public member’s duties pursuant to this chapter.
(c) The council shall meet at least six times a year and shall do all of the following:
(1) Identify programs administered by state, regional, and local agencies to address and minimize the risks of wildfire and coordinate the implementation of those programs.
(2) Identify public and private programs that may be leveraged to facilitate home hardening and community resiliency to minimize the impacts of wildfire to habitable structures.
(3) Conduct outreach efforts to regional and local wildfire mitigation groups.
(4) Make recommendations to the Legislature on how programs identified pursuant to paragraphs (1) and (2) can be coordinated to increase the effectiveness of those programs.
(d) The Natural Resources Agency shall post on its internet website the membership of the council and recommendations made by the council pursuant to paragraph (4) of subdivision (c).
SEC. 3.
 Upon appropriation by the Legislature, an amount not to exceed seven million dollars ($7,000,000) shall be available from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to the Natural Resources Agency for purposes of Chapter 13 (commencing with Section 4789.10) of Part 2 of Division 4 of the Public Resources Code.