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SB-558 Farmworker Disaster Relief Planning Task Force.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 05/20/2021 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  May 20, 2021
Amended  IN  Senate  April 22, 2021
Amended  IN  Senate  April 15, 2021
Amended  IN  Senate  March 10, 2021

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 558


Introduced by Senator Caballero
(Coauthors: Senators Cortese and Hurtado)
(Principal coauthor: coauthors: Assembly Member Members Eduardo Garcia  and Robert Rivas)

February 18, 2021


An act to add and repeal Section 8588.6 of the Government Code, relating to farmworkers.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 558, as amended, Caballero. Farmworker Disaster Relief Planning Task Force.
Existing law, the California Emergency Services Act, establishes, within the office of the Governor, the Office of Emergency Services (OES) under the supervision of the Director of Emergency Services. Existing law makes OES responsible for addressing natural, technological, or manmade disasters and emergencies, including activities necessary to prevent, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of emergencies and disasters to people and property.
This bill, until January 1, 2024, would establish in OES the Farmworker Disaster Relief Planning Task Force, to be composed as specified, in order to examine the needs of farmworkers, their families, and communities for immediate, intermediate, and long-term sustainable and equitable access to health care, safety net services, protections, and other social and economic relief during pandemics and disasters. The bill would generally prohibit members of the task force from receiving a per diem or other similar compensation for service, but would prescribe an exception from it for members who are or have been farmworkers. The bill would require the task force to meet not less than 6 times before January 1, 2023, as specified. The bill would require the task force to make recommendations about specified relief programs and, on or before January 1, 2023, to report its findings and recommendations to the state agencies involved in the task force, the Legislature, and the Governor.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 8588.6 is added to the Government Code, to read:

8588.6.
 (a) The Farmworker Disaster Relief Planning Task Force is established in the Office of Emergency Services. Under the leadership of the director, the task force shall examine the needs of farmworkers, their families, and their communities for immediate, intermediate, and long-term sustainable and equitable access to health care, safety net services, protections, and other social and economic relief during pandemics and disasters.
(b) The task force shall consist of 19 or more representatives, who shall be appointed as required by this subdivision.
(1) One representative from each of the following state entities, to be designated by that state entity:
(A) Office of the Governor.
(B) Labor and Workforce Development Agency.
(C) California Health and Human Services Agency.
(D) Office of Emergency Services.
(E) Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency.
(F) Department of Food and Agriculture.
(G) Other state agencies that support farmworkers.
(2) Four representatives to be appointed by the Governor, as follows:
(A) One member representing a community-based organization that serves farmworkers.
(B) One member who represents a local agricultural association.
(C) One member who is an agricultural commissioner.
(D) One member who is a policy expert in the field of farmworker health and safety.
(3) Four representatives to be appointed by the Senate Pro Tempore, as follows:
(A) One member representing a community-based organization that serves farmworkers.
(B) One member representing a bona fide labor organization.
(C) One member who is a locally elected official representing a city or county in which agriculture is a dominant industry.
(D) One current or former farmworker.
(4) Four representatives to be appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly, as follows:
(A) One member representing a community-based organization that serves farmworkers.
(B) One member representing a bona fide labor organization.
(C) One member who is a locally elected official representing a city or county in which agriculture is a dominant industry.
(D) One current or former farmworker.
(c) The task force shall do all of the following:
(1) Create a stakeholder process that facilitates public input and informs the findings and recommendations of the task force. This process may include conducting workgroup or task force meetings in counties or cities where agriculture is a dominant industry and by electronic means.
(2) Research and investigate the disparate impact of disasters and pandemics on farmworkers, their families, and their communities.
(3) (A) Research and investigate legislative, regulatory, and private sector forms of relief that can provide immediate, intermediate, and long-term sustainable and equitable access to health care, safety net services, protections, and other social and economic relief for farmworkers, their families, and their communities during current and future disasters, such as pandemics, droughts, wildfires, freezes, heat and economic upheavals.
(B) Make recommendations about relief programs based on the issues researched and investigated pursuant to subparagraph (A) and develop findings related to key legislative and regulatory provisions necessary to implement the relief programs.
(4) The task force shall meet not less than six times before January 1, 2023. The task force may meet in person or virtually, at its discretion.

(4)

(5) (A) On or before January 1, 2023, report its findings and recommendations to the state agencies involved in the task force, the Legislature, and the Governor.
(B) The report submitted to the Legislature shall be submitted in accordance with Section 9795.
(d) (1) Except as provided in paragraph (2), a task force member shall not receive a per diem or other similar compensation for serving as a member of the task force.
(2) Members of the task force who are, or have been, farmworkers may receive reimbursement for travel, per diem, or other expenses.
(e) The Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act (Article 9 (commencing with Section 11120) of Chapter 1 of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2) shall apply to meetings of the task force.
(f) The director shall operate within their existing budgetary resources for purposes of implementing this section. A governmental agency that participates in the task force shall operate within its existing budgetary resources for purposes of that participation.
(g) To ensure an adequate benefit within a solvent program, the director shall, no later than October 1, 2023, produce an actuarial report of the recommendations made by the task force. The report shall be shared with and approved by the members of the task force. If approved, the report shall be submitted to the Legislature in accordance with Section 9795.
(h) The director may seek private funds for purposes of implementing this section.
(i) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2024, and as of that date is repealed.