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STATECATEGORYBILL #YearSUMMARYACTION TAKENLEGISLATIVE STAGE
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RESPONSE BILLS
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ENACTEDWAResponseSB 50462017Limited English Proficiency and Emergency Notifications - The act directed the state emergency management and local jurisdictions to provide public notices of public health, safety, and welfare in languages other than English for segments of the population where english was not the primary language - a segment being defined as either 5% of the jurisdiction population or consisting of 1,000 residents per jurisdiction, whichever is less. This law amended the Emergency Management statute in the state.Introduced in 2017 and Passed into State LawPASSED BY LEGISLATURE AND SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
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ENACTEDWAResponseHB 14492015The bill was in response to the exponential growth in volatile types of crude oil traveling by rail through the state to refineries on the coast posing a potential threat to communities and marine areas. The bill established an oil prevention account that among other things funded a team of HAZMAT experienced hires (4 total at the state level) who assisted local emergency planning committees at the local jurisdictions to update or complete their required emergency response plans (and meet federal and state regulatory requirements).Introduced in 2015 and Passed into State LawPASSED BY LEGISLATURE AND SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
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ENACTEDLAResponseRS 29:7332012This state enacts into law and enters into the Interstate Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Compact with all states, as defined therein, which states have enacted or shall hereafter enact the compact in the form substantially as follows: The Interstate Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Compact, heretofore in force in this state by virtue of execution pursuant to this Chapter, is hereby confirmed and codified. The compact is and shall hereafter be in effect with any and all jurisdictions which have joined or which may hereafter legally join therein in the form substantially as contained in this Section, provided that such other jurisdiction or jurisdictions have signified their joinder with this state by enactment without limitation as to parties or in some other manner sufficient in law to make it clear that joinder has been effected with this state.PASSED BY LEGISLATURE AND SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
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ENACTEDSDResponseSB 202018Bill would allow member states and provinces to share response resources for any type of emergency or disaster, whether natural, technological, or manmade. Because the agreement does not require a Governor’s declaration of emergency, the bill would also allow member states and provinces to share resources for planning, trainings, and exercises. PASSED BY LEGISLATURE AND SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
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ENACTEDWAResponseHB 22632018The bill amends the ‘Continuity of Government’ law by adding language that expands the ability to plan for continuity of government beyond an enemy attack. ‘Catastrophic incidents’ would be included in the Emergency Management Act. The original Continuity of Government Act) and constitutional provisions (Article II, Section 42 Governmental Continuity During Periods Emergency Periods) were enacted in the early 1960s cold war civil defense era. The focus then was on “enemy attack” due to numerous prolonged large-scale declared wars and the growing nuclear threat.Introduced in current legislative sessionPASSED BY LEGISLATURE AND SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
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ENACTEDIAResponseSF 23642018An act requiring school districts and accredited nonpublic schools to develop high quality emergency operations plans for school buildings.PASSED BY LEGISLATURE AND SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
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UNDER CONSIDERATIONWAResponseHB 2320 2018The act establishes a multi-agency work group, which includes the Military Department and Emergency Management Division and led by the Office of the Insurance Commisioner, to study and make recommendations on natural disaster mitigation and resilience activities including whether the state should create an ongoing disaster resiliency program. In response to teh catastrophic earthquake threat in Washington. Introduced in current legislative sessionPassed through Committee to 2nd Reading
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HOMELAND SECURITY BILLS
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ENACTEDIAHomeland SecuritySF 22352018An act related to criminal acts on or against critical infrastructure. A person who commits critical infrastructure sabotage is guilty of a class B felony and in addition shall be punished by a fine of not less than $85,000 nor more that $100,000.PASSED BY LEGISLATURE AND SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
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EMERGENCY COMMUNCATIONS BILLS
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ENACTEDIAEmergency CommunicationsHF 22542018An act relating to 911 service that consolidates 911 networks and creates a PSAP call handling equipment shared service environment.PASSED BY LEGISLATURE AND SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
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ENACTEDAZEmergency CommunicationsSB 129620181. Requires the state, cities, towns and counties to take reasonable steps to ensure that:
a. Its communications with persons with disabilities, including online and emergency communications, are equally as effective as those to persons without disabilities; and
b. Persons with disabilities are able to communicate with, receive information from and convey information to the jurisdiction.
2. Requires the state, cities, towns and counties to:
a. Provide for auxiliary aids and services when needed to communicate with persons with certain disabilities; and
b. Establish a protocol to take reasonable steps to secure a licensed interpreter for emergency communications that are presented live to the media for broadcast or through a live online communication.
i. Requires preference to be given to interpreters who are certified through DEMA's emergency response interpreter credentialing program.
3. Specifies that these requirements do not prevent the jurisdiction from communicating to the public during an emergency if an interpreter is unavailable.
Introduced in 2018 session and passed into lawPASSED BY LEGISLATURE AND SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
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