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AB-1527 Seton Medical Center: seismic safety.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 07/12/2021 09:00 PM
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Assembly Bill No. 1527
CHAPTER 65

An act to add Section 130067 to the Health and Safety Code, relating to health facilities.

[ Approved by Governor  July 09, 2021. Filed with Secretary of State  July 09, 2021. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1527, Ting. Seton Medical Center: seismic safety.
(1) The Alfred E. Alquist Hospital Facilities Seismic Safety Act of 1983 establishes, under the jurisdiction of the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, a program of seismic safety building standards for certain hospitals constructed on and after March 7, 1973. The act requires an owner of a general acute care inpatient hospital, no later than January 1, 2030, to either demolish, replace, or change to nonacute care use all hospital buildings not in substantial compliance with the standards established pursuant to the act or seismically retrofit all acute care inpatient hospital buildings so that they are in substantial compliance with those standards. A violation of any provision of the act is a misdemeanor.
This bill would authorize the office to waive, in whole or in part, any requirement of the act, for the Seton Medical Center in Daly City, if the office accepts a plan, submitted on or before January 15, 2022, for the Seton Medical Center to comply with applicable seismic safety standards on or before July 1, 2023. The bill would require the Seton Medical Center to report to the office on its progress to timely complete an accepted plan, and by expanding the duties of the Seton Medical Center under these provisions, this bill would expand an existing crime, thereby imposing a state-mandated local program. The bill would also authorize the office to revoke its waiver, in whole or in part, of the requirements of the act, if the Seton Medical Center fails to timely report progress that the office deems is sufficient to complete the plan.
(2) This bill would make legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute for the Seton Medical Center in Daly City.
(3) 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 no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 130067 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

130067.
 (a) Notwithstanding any other law, including, but not limited to Sections 130060 and 130061, the office may waive the requirements for the Seton Medical Center in Daly City to comply with this chapter, in whole or in part, if both of the following occur:
(1) The Seton Medical Center submits a plan to the office, on or before January 15, 2022, that proposes compliance with the applicable seismic safety standards of this chapter, and the regulations promulgated pursuant to this chapter, on or before July 1, 2023.
(2) The office accepts the plan submitted by the Seton Medical Center as feasible to complete and promoting public safety.
(b) If the office accepts the plan pursuant to subdivision (a), the Seton Medical Center shall report to the office, in the manner required by the office, on its progress to timely complete the plan, on or before all of the following dates:
(1) April 1, 2022.
(2) July 1, 2022.
(3) October 1, 2022.
(4) January 1, 2023.
(5) April 1, 2023.
(c) The office may revoke its waiver, in whole or in part, of the requirements of this chapter, if the Seton Medical Center fails to timely report progress that the office deems is sufficient to complete the plan.

SEC. 2.

 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 financial challenges the Seton Medical Center is resolving while providing medical and care services during the COVID-19 pandemic to underserved and vulnerable populations.

SEC. 3.

 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.