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AB-981 Forestry: California Fire Safe Council.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 04/19/2021 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 19, 2021

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 981


Introduced by Assembly Member Frazier

February 18, 2021


An act to add Chapter 13 (commencing with Section 4789.10) to Part 2 of Division 4 of the Public Resources Code, relating to forestry.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 981, as amended, Frazier. Forestry: California Fire Safe Council.
Existing law requires the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to establish a local assistance grant program for fire prevention activities in the state. Existing law requires the local assistance grant program to establish a robust year-round fire prevention effort in and near fire threatened communities. Exiting law requires that the eligible activities include, among other things, fire prevention activities, as provided. Existing law permits the Director of Forestry and Fire Protection to authorize advance payments, not exceeding 25% of the total grant award, from a grant awarded pursuant to the local assistance grant program. Existing law requires the grantee to expend these funds from the advance payment within 6 months of receipt, as provided.
Existing law requires the Office of Emergency Services and the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, through a joint powers agreement pursuant to the Joint Exercise of Powers Act, to develop and administer a comprehensive wildfire mitigation program to, among other things, encourage cost-effective structure hardening and retrofitting to create fire-resistant homes, businesses, and public buildings.
This bill would establish the California Fire Safe Council in the Natural Resources Agency consisting of 11 members, as specified. The bill would require the council to identify programs administered by public agencies to address and minimize the risks of wildfire and to coordinate the implementation of those programs, to identify public and private programs that may be leveraged to facilitate structure-hardening and community resilience to minimize the impacts of wildfire to habitable structures, to conduct public outreach effects to regional and local wildfire mitigation groups, and to recommend make recommendations to the Legislature on how the programs identified by the council can be coordinated to increase the effectiveness of those programs. The bill would require the Natural Resources Agency to post on its internet website the membership of the council and recommendations made by the council.
This bill would state that an appropriation of that, upon appropriation by the Legislature, an amount not to exceed $7,000,000 shall be available from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to the Natural Resources Agency for purposes of the bill shall be made in the annual Budget Act for the 2021–22 fiscal year. bill.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 It is the intent of the Legislature to establish the California Fire Safe Council to identify and coordinate programs to address and minimize wildfire risks and programs providing for home hardening to reduce the impacts of wildfire on habitat structures.

SEC. 2.

 Chapter 13 (commencing with Section 4789.10) is added to Part 2 of Division 4 of the Public Resources Code, to read:
CHAPTER  13. California Fire Safe Council

4789.10.
 (a) The California Fire Safe Council is hereby established in the Natural Resources Agency consisting of 11 members as follows:
(1) The Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency or the secretary’s designee.
(2) The Director of Forestry and Fire Protection or the director’s designee.
(3) The Director of Emergency Services or the director’s designee.
(4) The Director of Conservation or the director’s designee.
(5) A representative from a state conservancy appointed by the Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency who shall serve at the pleasure of the secretary.

(1)Seven

(6) Two public members appointed by the Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency.

(2)

(7) Two public members appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly.

(3)

(8) Two public members appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules.
(b) (1) Each public member shall have a demonstrated background in fire prevention, fire mitigation, or fire science and shall, except as provided in paragraph (2), serve for a term of four years. The terms of the members shall be staggered, in accordance with paragraph (2).
(2) The Speaker of the Assembly Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency, the Speaker of the Assembly, and the Senate Committee on Rules shall designate one member it they initially appoints appoint to the council to serve a two-year term. The Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency shall designate four members the secretary appoints to the council to serve a two-year term.
(3) The chair of the council shall be a public member elected by a majority of the council.
(4) Public members shall serve without compensation, but each public member of the council shall be reimbursed for that public member’s actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of the public member’s duties pursuant to this chapter.
(c) The California Fire Safe Council council shall meet at least six times a year and shall do all of the following:
(1) Identify programs administered by state, regional, and local agencies to address and minimize the risks of wildfire and coordinate the implementation of those programs.
(2) Identify public and private programs that may be leveraged to facilitate home hardening and community resiliency to minimize the impacts of wildfire to habitable structures.
(3) Conduct outreach efforts to regional and local wildfire mitigation groups.
(4) Recommend Make recommendations to the Legislature on how programs identified pursuant to paragraphs (1) and (2) can be coordinated to increase the effectiveness of those programs.
(d) The Natural Resources Agency shall post on its internet website the membership of the council and recommendations made by the council pursuant to paragraph (4) of subdivision (c).

SEC. 3.

 The sum of Upon appropriation by the Legislature, an amount not to exceed seven million dollars ($7,000,000) shall be appropriated available from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund in the annual Budget Act for the 2021–22 fiscal year to the Natural Resources Agency for purposes of Chapter 13 (commencing with Section 4789.10) of Part 2 of Division 4 of the Public Resources Code.