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AB-355 Property tax agents.(2013-2014)

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Amended  IN  Senate  September 06, 2013
Amended  IN  Assembly  May 24, 2013
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 18, 2013
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 19, 2013

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2013–2014 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 355


Introduced by Assembly Member Cooley Ting
(Principal coauthor: Assembly Member Cooley)

February 13, 2013


An act relating to emergency medical services, and making an appropriation therefor. An act relating to property tax agents.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 355, as amended, Cooley Ting. Emergency medical services: mobile field hospitals. Property tax agents.
Existing law requires county boards to meet to equalize the assessment of property on the local roll, as provided, and authorizes a taxpayer, represented in some circumstances by a property tax agent, to apply to a county assessment appeals board for an assessment reduction under a variety of circumstances, including for a reduction of the base year value, as defined, of real property.
This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to improve the tax appeals process and create transparency by establishing a public registration process for property tax agents.

Existing law establishes the Emergency Medical Services Authority in the Health and Welfare Agency to administer a statewide system of coordinated emergency medical care, injury prevention, and disaster medical response.

This bill would appropriate $1,000,000 from the General Fund to the Emergency Medical Services Authority to continue the Mobile Field Hospital program. The bill would also make legislative findings and declarations.

Vote: TWO_THIRDSMAJORITY   Appropriation: YESNO   Fiscal Committee: YESNO   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 It is the intent of the Legislature to improve the property tax appeals process and create transparency by establishing a public registration process for property tax agents.
SECTION 1.

The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:

(a)California has a history of devastating natural disasters, including, but not limited to, earthquakes and floods.

(b)The Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast model predicts that California will experience a magnitude 6.7 or larger earthquake in the next 30 years.

(c)Mobile field hospitals have been deployed around the world in response to natural disasters and public health emergencies.

(d)California invested in three 200 bed mobile field hospitals as part of the state’s disaster preparedness plan to protect citizens and provide critical medical services in a time of need. However, due to a lack of programmatic funding, the state will be forced to sell the mobile field hospitals at a fraction of the program’s initial cost.

SEC. 2.

The sum of one million dollars ($1,000,000) is hereby appropriated from the General Fund to the Emergency Medical Services Authority for purposes of continuing the Mobile Field Hospital program.