Bill Text

Bill Information


PDF |Add To My Favorites |Track Bill | print page

SB-450 Fire protection: fire districts: funding: working group: report.(2021-2022)

SHARE THIS:share this bill in Facebookshare this bill in Twitter
Date Published: 03/10/2021 09:00 PM
SB450:v97#DOCUMENT

Amended  IN  Senate  March 10, 2021
Amended  IN  Senate  March 04, 2021

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 450


Introduced by Senator Hertzberg

February 16, 2021


An act to add and repeal Section 13142.5 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to fire protection.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 450, as amended, Hertzberg. Fire protection: fire districts: funding: working group: report.
Existing law creates in the Office of the State Fire Marshal a State Board of Fire Services, as provided. Existing law requires the board to make full and complete studies, recommendations, and reports to the Governor and the Legislature for the purpose of recommending the establishment of minimum standards with respect to fire protection, as provided. Section 2.2 of Article XIII A of the California Constitution establishes the Special District Fire Response Fund as a subaccount within the California Fire Response Fund within the State Treasury and Treasury. Existing law requires moneys in the fund Special District Fire Response Fund to be appropriated by the Legislature for specified purposes, including for the purpose of funding fire suppression staffing in underfunded special districts that provide fire protection services. services, as provided.
This bill would require the board, on or before April 1, 2022, February 15, 2022, to develop convene a working group, with specified representatives, to discuss and make recommendations on the most efficient mechanisms and structure to administer the Special District Fire Response Fund. The bill would require the working group to hold its first meeting no later than March 1, 2022, and to hold 6 additional meetings no later than May 1, 2022, as provided. The bill would require the working group to provide a report for to the Legislature and the Department of Finance that includes a set of recommendations regarding the administration of the fund, Special District Fire Response Fund, including, among other things, recommendations relating to mechanisms to ensure that underfunded special districts that provide fire protection services are aware of funding opportunities in the fund. fund, as provided.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 13142.5 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

13142.5.
 (a) (1) On or before February 15, 2022, the State Board of Fire Services shall convene a working group to discuss and make recommendations on the most efficient mechanisms and structure to administer the Special District Fire Response Fund, established pursuant to Section 2.2 of Article XIII A of the California Constitution.
(2) The working group shall include, but not be limited to, representatives from all of the following organizations:
(A) California Professional Firefighters.
(B) California Fire Chiefs Association.
(C) Fire Districts Association of California.
(D) California Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association.
(E) Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
(F) Office of Emergency Services.
(b) The working group shall hold its first meeting no later than March 1, 2022. At the first meeting, the working group shall determine a schedule to have six additional meetings completed no later than May 1, 2022.
(c) The working group shall evaluate and provide recommendations on all of the following:
(1) Mechanisms to ensure that underfunded special districts that provide fire protection services are aware of funding opportunities in the Special District Fire Response Fund to be used exclusively to expand and increase fire suppression staffing in qualified districts.
(2) The grant submission process.
(3) The interval of grant opportunities.
(4) Mechanisms to support the grant application process for eligible special districts that provide fire protection services.
(5) Mechanisms to report the additional services provided to the community due to the funding.
(6) Opportunities to leverage funding from other sources to supplement the Special District Fire Response Fund.
(d) (1) The recommendations developed by the working group pursuant to this section shall be completed and delivered to the Legislature and Department of Finance no later than June 1, 2022.
(2) The recommendations developed pursuant to this subdivision shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(e) It is the intent of the Legislature in seeking guidance from experts from the firefighting community pursuant to this section to get information on the most appropriate methods to identify and provide funding to underfunded fire districts meeting the requirements of Section 2.2 of Article XIII A of the California Constitution, and to increase fire response capacity that results in better community outcomes, prevents civilian injury or death, protects against firefighter injury or death, and reduces property loss while improving community resilience to fire threats.
(f) Pursuant to Section 10231.5 of the Government Code, this section shall be repealed on January 1, 2026.

SECTION 1.Section 13142.5 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:
13142.5.

(a)(1)On or before April 1, 2022, the State Board of Fire Services shall develop a report for the Legislature that includes a set of recommendations regarding the administration of the California Fire Response Fund, established pursuant to Section 2.2 of Article XIII A of the California Constitution.

(2)The report shall include, but not be limited to, recommendations in all of the following areas:

(A)Mechanisms to ensure that underfunded special districts that provide fire protection services are aware of funding opportunities in the California Fire Response Fund.

(B)Recommendations on the grant submission process.

(C)Recommendations regarding the interval of grant opportunities.

(D)Mechanisms to support the grant application process for eligible special districts that provide fire protection services.

(E)Mechanisms to report the additional services provided to the community due to the funding.

(F)Opportunities to leverage funding from other sources to supplement the California Fire Response Fund.

(b)(1)The report to be submitted pursuant to subdivision (a) shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.

(2)Pursuant to Section 10231.5 of the Government Code, this section shall be repealed on January 1, 2026.