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AB-1251 Local public health orders.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 04/05/2021 01:31 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 05, 2021
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 18, 2021

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1251


Introduced by Assembly Members Muratsuchi and Lackey

February 19, 2021


An act to add Section 53024 to the Government Code, relating to public health.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1251, as amended, Muratsuchi. Local public health orders.
Existing law, the California Emergency Services Act (CESA), among other things, authorizes the Governor to proclaim a state of emergency in an area affected or likely to be affected. The CESA also authorizes the governing body of any city, county, or city and county, or an official designated by ordinance adopted by that governing body, to proclaim a local emergency, as provided. Existing law authorizes local health officials to take any preventative measures that may be necessary to protect and preserve the public health from any public health hazard during any state of emergency or local emergency.
This bill would require a public health order issued by the County of Los Angeles local health officer during a the COVID-19 pandemic state or local public health of emergency to be based on data for each service planning area, as defined, rather than on countywide data. The bill would further require that any a local public health orders order related to the COVID-19 pandemic be issued in accordance with the include the data for each service planning area data. upon which the order is based. The bill would specify that these provisions remain operative until the termination of the state of emergency declared on March 4, 2020. By requiring the County of Los Angeles to prepare emergency local public health orders based on data for each service planning area, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
This bill would make legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute for the County of Los Angeles.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

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


SECTION 1.

 The Legislature finds and declares the following:
(a) State and county public health departments should develop and provide relevant and data-based public health and clinical services targeted to the specific health needs of residents in different communities and regions.
(b) The County of Los Angeles, comparable to the geographic size of the States of Delaware and Rhode Island combined, has the largest population of any county in the United States. The County of Los Angeles is larger in population than the nine counties of the San Francisco Bay area, with a population of approximately 10,000,000 residents.
(c) The County of Los Angeles is divided into geographic areas, known as service planning areas, to allow the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to provide relevant public health and clinical services targeted to the specific health needs of the residents in each of the service planning areas.
(d) To achieve the goals of developing and providing more relevant and data-based public health services during a statewide or local public health emergency, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health public health orders, and the enforcement of these orders, must be based on data for each public health service planning area and not on countywide data.

SEC. 2.

 Section 53024 is added to the Government Code, to read:

53024.
 (a) For the purposes of this section, “service planning area” means the subdivided areas of the County of Los Angeles intended to facilitate and improve local service and health care planning, as defined in Section 3.29.010 of the Los Angeles County Code.
(b) In the event of a “state of emergency” or “local emergency”, as defined by Section 8558, a A public health order issued by the County of Los Angeles local health officer pursuant to Section 101040 or 120175 of the Health and Safety Code due to the COVID-19 pandemic shall be based on data for each respective service planning area and not on data for the entire County of Los Angeles. An order issued pursuant to this section shall include the data for each respective service planning area upon which the order is based.
(c) The requirements described in subdivision (b) shall apply to all public health orders issued by the County of Los Angeles due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This section shall remain operative until the termination of the state of emergency proclaimed by the Governor on March 4, 2020, regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

SEC. 3.

 The Legislature finds and declares that a special statute is necessary and that a general statute cannot be made applicable within the meaning of Section 16 of Article IV of the California Constitution because of the unique circumstances regarding the large population of the County of Los Angeles. It is necessary that special legislation be enacted to ensure relevant data-based public health services and orders are based on the specific needs of residents in the respective service planning areas within the County of Los Angeles.

SEC. 4.

 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.