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AB-1107 Proclaimed state and local emergencies: proclamations, communications, and materials: translation. (2019-2020)

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Date Published: 05/26/2020 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  May 26, 2020
Amended  IN  Senate  April 22, 2020
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 22, 2019
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 26, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1107


Introduced by Assembly Member Chu
(Coauthor: Assembly Member Reyes)

February 21, 2019


An act to add and repeal Section 1280.5 of the Unemployment Insurance Code, relating to unemployment insurance, and making an appropriation therefor. An act to add Sections 8626.5 and 8634.5 to the Government Code, relating to emergency services.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1107, as amended, Chu. Unemployment benefits: temporary additional benefits. Proclaimed state and local emergencies: proclamations, communications, and materials: translation.
Existing law, the California Emergency Services Act, authorizes the Governor to proclaim a state of emergency when specified conditions of disaster or extreme peril to the safety of persons and property exist, and to exercise certain powers in response to that emergency. The act also authorizes the governing body of a city, county, city and county, or an official designated by ordinance adopted by that governing body, to proclaim a local emergency, and to exercise certain powers in response to that emergency. Existing law defines the terms “state of emergency” and “local emergency” to mean the duly proclaimed existence of conditions of disaster or of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property within the state caused by, among other things, fire, storm, riot, epidemic, or cyberterrorism.
This bill would require all proclamations, communications, materials, and announcements made by the Governor or a state agency related to a duly proclaimed state of emergency to be made available in all languages spoken by a substantial number of non-English-speaking people. The bill would define the term “substantial number of non-English-speaking people” to mean a group of people that does not speak English or has limited English proficiency and makes up 3% or more of the state’s population.
This bill would also require each county to translate all emergency-related proclamations, communications, materials, and announcements made by the county related to a duly proclaimed state of emergency or a local emergency duly proclaimed by the county into all languages spoken by 1,000 or more of the county’s residents.

Under existing law, unemployment compensation benefits are based on wages paid in a base period that is calculated according to the month within which the benefit year begins. Existing law provides that a weekly unemployment compensation benefit amount may be paid to an individual whose highest wages in the quarter of their base period exceeded $900, but a weekly benefit amount shall not exceed $450.

This bill would, until March 1, 2021, instead provide that once the temporary federal unemployment increase due to the COVID-19 outbreak has ceased, an individual’s weekly benefit amount would be increased by $600, notwithstanding the weekly benefits cap.

Because this bill would expand the scope of payments from the Unemployment Disability Compensation Fund, which is continuously appropriated, it would make an appropriation.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: YESNO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 8626.5 is added to the Government Code, to read:

8626.5.
 (a) Proclamations, communications, materials, and announcements made by the Governor or a state agency related to a duly proclaimed state of emergency shall be made available in all languages spoken by a substantial number of non-English-speaking people.
(b) For purposes of this section:
(1) “Proclamations, communications, materials, and announcements” includes, but is not limited to, information posted or broadcasted on or through an internet website of the state, newspaper, social media platform, television, or radio.
(2) “Substantial number of non-English-speaking people” means a group of people that does not speak English or has limited English proficiency and makes up 3 percent or more of the state’s population.

SEC. 2.

 Section 8634.5 is added to the Government Code, to read:

8634.5.
 (a) Each county shall translate all emergency-related proclamations, communications, materials, and announcements made by the county related to a duly proclaimed state of emergency or a local emergency duly proclaimed by the county into all languages spoken by 1,000 or more of the county’s residents.
(b) For purposes of this section, “proclamations, communications, materials, and announcements” includes, but is not limited to, information posted or broadcasted on or through an internet website of the county, newspaper, social media platform, television, or radio.

SECTION 1.Section 1280.5 is added to the Unemployment Insurance Code, to read:
1280.5.

(a)Notwithstanding Section 1280 or any other law, if the temporary federal unemployment benefits provided in response to the COVID-19 outbreak have ceased, an individual’s weekly benefit amount as otherwise provided for by this chapter shall thereafter be increased by six hundred dollars ($600).

(b)Nothing in this section shall change the eligibility requirements for an individual to receive unemployment benefits.

(c)This section shall remain in effect only until March 1, 2021, and as of that date is repealed.