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AB-2614 Emergency services: counties: large animals.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 04/30/2020 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  May 04, 2020

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2614


Introduced by Assembly Member Smith

February 20, 2020


An act to amend Section 16901 of the Food and Agricultural Code, relating to animals. add Section 8593.8 to the Government Code, relating to emergency services.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2614, as amended, Smith. Transportation of animals. Emergency services: counties: large animals.
Existing law establishes the Office of Emergency Services within the office of the Governor. The office is under the supervision of the Director of Emergency Services and is responsible for the state’s emergency and disaster response services for natural, technological, or human-made disasters and emergencies. Existing law prescribes various requirements with regard to accessibility to emergency information and services and, in this regard, imposes certain requirements on counties when updating their emergency plans.
This bill would require a county and its office of emergency services, in consultation with relevant county departments, offices, and commissions, including those responsible for food and agriculture, to make available to the public emergency preparedness informational materials for livestock, horses, and other large animals. The bill would require these materials to include, among other things, addresses and contact information for designated shelters and facilities, best practices for stocking emergency animal husbandry supplies, transport of animals, and identification of animals.
This bill would require a county, in the next update of its emergency plan, to consider and integrate large animal evacuation, sheltering, and care into its emergency plan by addressing certain minimum specified elements. In developing the update to its emergency plan, the bill would require the county to consult with certain stakeholders.
By increasing the duties of local officials, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

Existing law regulates the transportation of animals, including making it unlawful for a person to lead, drive, or conduct any animal along the track of a railroad, except as specified, or permit any animal to be placed within the fences of a railroad for grazing or other purposes if the person has the right to prevent it.

This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NOYES  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 8593.8 is added to the Government Code, to read:

8593.8.
 (a) A county and its office of emergency services, in consultation with all relevant county departments, offices, and commissions, including, but not limited to, those responsible for food and agriculture, shall make available to the public emergency preparedness informational materials for livestock, horses, and other large animals. This information shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following:
(1) Addresses and contact information for designated shelters and facilities.
(2) Best practices for stocking emergency animal husbandry supplies, transport of animals, loading and unloading of animals, animal training in preparation of an emergency, health and immunization recordkeeping, and identification for animals.
(b) A county, upon the next update to its emergency plan, shall consider and integrate large animal evacuation, sheltering, and care into its emergency plan by addressing, at a minimum, all of the following:
(1) The role of law enforcement, local transportation agencies, county offices of food and agriculture, and nonprofit organizations in large animal evacuations.
(2) Effective and efficient communication, in coordination with telecommunications carriers, the cable and internet broadband industries, radio and television broadcasters, to city and county residents who own livestock, horses, and other large animals.
(3) Identification of adequate facilities to temporarily provide services and shelter to livestock, horses, and other large animals. Factors to be considered shall include, but are not limited to, all of the following:
(A) The presence of sufficient animal husbandry supplies, such as food, water, and medication.
(B) The availability of appropriate veterinary medicine providers, staff, and volunteers.
(C) The safety of facilities and the health and safety of staff and volunteers.
(4) The promotion of memoranda of understanding between shelter facilities in nearby counties and cities for purposes of mitigating the effects of extended, multiple, and successive emergency incidents.
(c) A county and its office of emergency services shall develop the update to its emergency plan described in subdivision (b) in consultation with relevant stakeholders, which shall include, but are not limited to, all of the following:
(1) The county department of food and agriculture.
(2) The local district agricultural association.
(3) The Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
(4) The Department of Transportation.
(5) The county sheriff and other local first responders.
(6) The California Animal Welfare Association.
(7) Nonprofit and other community-based organizations that provide relevant services.

SEC. 2.

 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.
SECTION 1.Section 16901 of the Food and Agricultural Code is amended to read:
16901.

It is unlawful for a person to do either of the following:

(a)Lead, drive, or conduct any animal along the track of a railroad, unless the railroad is built within the limits of a public highway or public place.

(b)Permit any animal to be placed within the fences of a railroad for grazing or other purposes if the person has the right to prevent it.