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AB-1569 Office of Emergency Services: Hazard Mitigation Grant Program: annual report.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 03/03/2021 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1569


Introduced by Committee on Emergency Management

March 03, 2021


An act to add Section 8651.5 to the Government Code, relating to emergency services, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1569, as introduced, Committee on Emergency Management. Office of Emergency Services: Hazard Mitigation Grant Program: annual report.
Existing law establishes the Office of Emergency Services, under the supervision of the Director of Emergency Services, and, among other things, authorizes the director to procure surplus equipment, apparatus, supplies, and storage facilities from the federal government for specified purposes. Existing federal law establishes a program, known colloquially as the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, to finance up to 75% of the cost of hazard mitigation measures determined to be cost effective and which substantially reduce the risk of, or increase resilience to, future damage, hardship, loss, or suffering in any area affected by a major disaster, or any area affected by a fire for which assistance was provided under specified federal law.
This bill, no later than January 15, 2022, and annually thereafter, would require the Office of Emergency Services to submit a written report, containing specified information, to the Assembly Committee on Emergency Management, the Assembly Committee on Budget, the Senate Committee on Governmental Organization, and the Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review that details the priority investments and expenditures of the federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program administered by the office, as provided.
This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.
Vote: 2/3   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 8651.5 is added to the Government Code, to read:

8651.5.
 (a) Notwithstanding Section 10231.5, no later than January 15, 2022, and annually thereafter, the Office of Emergency Services shall submit a written report to the Assembly Committee on Emergency Management, the Assembly Committee on Budget, the Senate Committee on Governmental Organization, and the Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review that details the priority investments and expenditures of the federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (42 U.S.C. Sec. 5170c) administered by the office. The report submitted pursuant to this section shall include, at minimum, the following information:
(1) Overall funding priorities and the methodology used to determine such priorities.
(2) A description of how investment priorities for the federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program are determined.
(3) A full description of projects funded during the current and three prior fiscal years to state entities, tribes, and local communities.
(4) A list of projects submitted by eligible subapplicants that were not awarded funding.
(5) The extent to which federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds were awarded to mitigate risks after a wildfire by investing in activities to stabilize soil, control erosion, improve flood control and drainage, and increase debris basin capacity and other fire mitigation activities, which may include, but are not limited to, the following:
(A) Ignition-resistant construction.
(B) Defensible space measures.
(C) Hazardous fuels reduction.
(D) Replanting and reforestation.
(E) Critical facility generators.
(F) Structural and nonstructural retrofitting of existing buildings.
(G) Postdisaster code enforcement.
(6) The extent to which equity metrics were used in awarding projects.
(7) The extent to which the Office of Emergency Services coordinated with other state agencies and departments, including the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the California Earthquake Authority, the Seismic Safety Commission, and the Department of Housing and Community Development, to develop investment priorities.
(8) The extent to which local operational areas or emergency managers were involved in developing federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program investment priorities.
(b) A report required to be submitted pursuant to this section shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795.

SEC. 2.

 This act is an urgency statute necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety within the meaning of Article IV of the California Constitution and shall go into immediate effect. The facts constituting the necessity are:
Due to the ongoing threat of catastrophic wildfires, earthquakes, floods, and other hazards, it is necessary that this act take effect immediately to ensure hazard mitigation funds are being spent wisely to reduce California’s many risks.