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AB-1217 Personal protective equipment: stockpile.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 02/19/2021 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1217


Introduced by Assembly Member Rodriguez

February 19, 2021


An act to add Section 8588.4 to the Government Code, relating to emergency services.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1217, as introduced, Rodriguez. Personal protective equipment: stockpile.
The California Emergency Services Act, among other things, establishes the Office of Emergency Services for the purpose of mitigating the effects of natural, manmade, or war-caused emergencies and makes findings and declarations relating to ensuring that preparation within the state will be adequate to deal with those emergencies. Existing law authorizes the office, as appropriate, to include private businesses and nonprofit organizations within its responsibilities to prepare the state for disasters.
This bill would require the state to establish a statewide stockpile of personal protective equipment (PPE) for distribution in case of disease or manmade or natural disasters. The bill would require the office to administer the stockpile and coordinate with the State Department of Public Health to establish the kinds of PPE to be stockpiled and the amount of each item to be stocked. The bill would require the office to rotate items in the stockpile by contracting or agreeing with nonprofit agencies, local governments, or other health care providers to provide them with PPE, and authorize the office to contract with general acute care hospitals, health facilities, or local governments to purchase PPE on their behalf. The bill would also require the contracting entity to reimburse the state for the PPE.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 8588.4 is added to the Government Code, to read:

8588.4.
 (a) The State of California shall establish a statewide stockpile of personal protective equipment (PPE) for distribution in case of disease or manmade or natural disasters.
(b) The stockpile shall be administered by the office.
(c)  The office, in coordination with the State Department of Public Health, shall establish the kinds of PPE to be stockpiled and the amount of each item to be stocked.
(d) (1) The office shall rotate items in the stockpile by contracting or agreeing with nonprofit agencies, local governments, or other health care providers to provide them with PPE.
(2) The state shall also have the authority to contract with general acute care hospitals, health facilities, or local governments to purchase PPE on their behalf.
(3) PPE purchased pursuant to this subdivision shall be reimbursed by the contracting entity and shall come from the state stockpile to ensure that those supplies are rotated.