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SB-784 State government: emergency services: nonprofit service providers.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 06/03/2021 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  June 03, 2021
Amended  IN  Senate  March 16, 2021

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 784


Introduced by Senator Glazer
(Coauthor: Senator Limón)

February 19, 2021


An act to add Section 8596.1 to the Government Code, relating to state government.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 784, as amended, Glazer. State government: emergency services: nonprofit service providers.
Existing law, the California Emergency Services Act, authorizes the Governor to declare a state of emergency during conditions of disaster or extreme peril to persons or property. Existing law authorizes the Governor, during a state of emergency, to suspend any regulatory statute, or statute prescribing the procedure for conduct of state business, or the orders, rules, or regulations of any state agency, including provisions relating to eligibility to receive unemployment compensation benefits, if the Governor determines and declares that strict compliance with any statute, order, rule, or regulation would in any way prevent, hinder, or delay the mitigation of the effects of the emergency. Existing law requires each department, division, bureau, board, commission, officer, and employee of this state to render all possible assistance to the Governor and to the Director of Emergency Services in carrying out the act.
This bill would authorize a nonprofit entity that provides services pursuant to a contract with the state, during a state of war emergency or a state of emergency, to adjust the method in which it provides those services so long as the purpose of the contract is served. The bill would require the nonprofit entity to notify all departments from which it receives funding of a closure or of an impacted program, including whether a closure is location specific or due to executive order, and why the service level may be impacted. The bill would require a nonprofit entity to identify and thoroughly document all expenditures associated with the closed program, and to retain documentation to justify expenses and to support claiming continued state funding, as specified. The bill would require state departments that receive notice from a nonprofit entity that provides services, as described above, to ensure that funding is available to pay for canceled services, closed programs, or reduced service levels, as specified.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 8596.1 is added to the Government Code, to read:

8596.1.
 (a) During a state of war emergency or a state of emergency, a nonprofit entity that provides services pursuant to a contract with the state is authorized to adjust the method in which it provides those services so long as the purpose of the contract is served.
(b) The nonprofit entity shall notify all departments from which it receives funding of a closure or of an impacted program, including whether a closure is location specific or due to executive order, and why the service level may be impacted.
(c) (1) The nonprofit entity shall identify and thoroughly document all expenditures associated with the closed program. The nonprofit entity shall retain documentation to justify expenses and to support claiming continued state funding.
(A) Fixed and regular costs that continue to be incurred shall be paid normally.
(B) Hourly employees, including those that who would not otherwise be paid when a program is not operating, should be paid the anticipated wage during the closure.
(C) If there are any expenses that will not be incurred due to a program closure, they should be identified and excluded from invoicing. If the costs occurred prior to the closure, they should be paid by the contracting department.
(2)  While these expenditures may be billed using a regular monthly invoice template, the expenses related to a closure should be able to be isolated and documentation of them available upon request.
(A) A nonprofit entity with a cost reimbursement contract shall invoice for the month, but should be flexible and responsive to departmental requests for additional documentation about expenditures during closure, which may include documentation of specific services that were expected but unable to be delivered, and costs associated with those services.
(B) A nonprofit entity with a fee-for-service contract should invoice for the month by calculating 1/12th of the contracted units of service, and should be prepared to offer documentation of specific services that were expected but unable to be delivered.
(d) Departments that receive notification from a nonprofit entity pursuant to subdivision (b) shall ensure that funding is available to pay for canceled services, closed programs, or reduced service levels.