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AB-973 Office of Emergency Services: California Disaster Assistance Act: annual report.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 02/18/2021 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 973


Introduced by Assembly Member Rodriguez

February 18, 2021


An act to add Section 8682.1 to the Government Code, relating to emergency services, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 973, as introduced, Rodriguez. Office of Emergency Services: California Disaster Assistance Act: annual report.
Existing law, the California Disaster Assistance Act, which is administered by the Director of Emergency Services, provides for the allocation of funds to state and local agencies and to eligible private nonprofit organizations for specified purposes relating to disaster assistance and in accordance with specified requirements. Existing law establishes the Disaster Assistance Fund and continuously appropriates moneys in that fund for purposes of the California Disaster Assistance Act.
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 funds made available pursuant to the California Disaster Assistance Act, as provided. The bill would provide that moneys in the Disaster Assistance Fund would be available for expenditure for purposes of the report only upon appropriation.
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 8682.1 is added to the Government Code, to read:

8682.1.
 (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 funds made available pursuant to this chapter. The report submitted pursuant to this section shall include, at minimum, all of the following information:
(1) Overall funding priorities and the methodology used to determine those priorities.
(2) A description of how investment priorities under this chapter are determined.
(3) A full description of projects funded during the current year and three prior fiscal years to state entities, tribes, and local communities.
(4) A list of projects submitted by eligible applicants that were not awarded funding.
(5) The extent to which equity metrics were used in awarding projects.
(6) The extent to which local operational areas or emergency managers were involved in developing priorities under this chapter.
(7) Expenditures to eligible nonprofit entities.
(b) A report required to be submitted pursuant to this section shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795.
(c) Notwithstanding Section 8690.25, moneys in the Disaster Assistance Fund shall be available for expenditure for purposes of this section only upon appropriation by the Legislature.

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 funds provided under the California Disaster Assistance Act (Chapter 7.5 (commencing with Section 8680) of Division 1 of Title 2 of the Government Code) are being spent wisely to offset local costs associated with disasters.