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SB-130 Fire prevention grants: cities in very high fire hazard severity zones: emergency fire siren warning system.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 06/27/2019 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  June 27, 2019
Amended  IN  Senate  April 22, 2019
Amended  IN  Senate  March 25, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 130


Introduced by Senator Galgiani
(Coauthor: Senator Stern)

January 10, 2019


An act to add Section 4204.6 to the Public Resources Code, relating to fire prevention.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 130, as amended, Galgiani. Fire prevention grants: cities in very high fire hazard severity zones: emergency fire siren warning system.
Existing law requires the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to implement and administer various programs designed to improve forests and grasslands and prevent and suppress fires in state responsibility areas, as defined. Existing law requires the Director of Forestry and Fire Protection to classify lands within state responsibility areas, as defined, into fire hazard severity zones and to identify areas in the state as very high fire hazard severity zones, as provided, and requires a local agency to designate, by ordinance, very high fire hazard severity zones in its jurisdiction within 120 days of receiving certain recommendations from the director.
This bill would require the department department, in consultation with the Office of Emergency Services, to establish a grant program to provide funding grants to applicant cities located in areas identified or designated as very high fire hazard severity zones, as specified, to be used for the installation and implementation or the refurbishment of an emergency fire siren warning system, which could include a voice warning system, as specified. The bill would authorize the department to establish a cost-share requirement for the grant program and the director to make advance payments of up to 25% of the total grant award. The bill would require the department to prioritize grant applications from cities on the “Fire Risk Reduction Community” list, when that list is developed. The bill would authorize the department, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to expend the sum of $10,000,000 for grants provided pursuant to the grant program.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 4204.6 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:

4204.6.
 (a) The department department, in consultation with the Office of Emergency Services, shall establish a grant program to provide funding grants to applicant cities located in areas identified that have been designated as very high fire hazard severity zones pursuant to Section 51178 of the Government Code, or designated pursuant to Section 51179 of the Government Code, to be used for the installation and implementation or the refurbishment of an emergency fire siren warning system, which may include a voice warning system supported by location-based messaging that enables the broadcast of specific information.
(b) The department may establish a cost-share requirement for the grant program.
(c) The director may authorize advance payments from a grant awarded pursuant to this section. The advance shall not exceed 25 percent of the total grant award.
(d) The department shall prioritize grant applications received from cities on the “Fire Risk Reduction Community” list, when that list is developed pursuant to Section 4290.1.

(b)

(e) The department may, upon appropriation by the Legislature, expend the sum of ten million dollars ($10,000,000) for grants provided pursuant to this section.