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AB-1141 Wildfires: Wildland Urban Interface Fire Research Center.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 03/18/2021 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 18, 2021

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1141


Introduced by Assembly Member Frazier

February 18, 2021


An act to add Article 8.5 (commencing with Section 4745) to Chapter 10 of Part 2 of Division 4 of the Public Resources Code, relating to wildfires.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1141, as amended, Frazier. Wildfires: Wildland Urban Interface Fire Research Center.
Existing law establishes various programs for the prevention, detection, and mitigation of wildfires. Existing law establishes in state government a Natural Resources Agency.
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact subsequent legislation that would require the agency, on or before June 1, 2023, to develop and fund fund, upon an appropriation by the Legislature, a Wildland Urban Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Research Center that specifically addresses the wildland urban wildland-urban interface fire problem and needs of the need for wildfire prevention, detection, and mitigation planning, building, and response, and related economic, insurance, and modeling practices in the state. The bill would require the center to act as a think tank for purposes of discussing policy, exchanging information, and training fire personnel in best practices.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Article 8.5 (commencing with Section 4745) is added to Chapter 10 of Part 2 of Division 4 of the Public Resources Code, to read:
Article  8.5. Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Research Center

4745.
 On or before June 1, 2023, the Natural Resources Agency shall develop and fund, upon an appropriation by the Legislature, a Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Research Center that addresses the wildland-urban interface fire problem and the need for wildfire prevention, detection, and mitigation planning, building, and response, and related economic, insurance, and modeling practices in the state. The Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Research Center shall act as a think tank for purposes of discussing policy, exchanging information, and training fire personnel in best practices.

SECTION 1.

It is the intent of the Legislature to enact subsequent legislation that would develop and fund a Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Fire Research Center that specifically addresses the wildland urban interface fire problem and needs of wildfire prevention, detection, and mitigation planning, building, and response, and related economic, insurance, and modeling practices in the state. It is the intent of the Legislature that the WUI Fire Research Center would act as a think-tank where fire personnel could discuss policy, exchange information, and train personnel in best practices.