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Bill NumberLead AuthorStatusSummaryCR Notes
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AB-1124MaienscheinApproved by Governor
September 29, 2020.
Health care service plans: regulations: exemptions. This bill requires that, by July 18, 2019, the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board adopts emergency regulations that require employers to make respirators available to outdoor workers on any day the outdoor worker could reasonably be expected to be exposed to harmful levels of smoke from wildfires. Senate Floor Amendments of 7/1/19 expand the methods which must be utilized by an employer to determine if air quality is harmful for workers.
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AB-3074Friedman Approved by Governor September 29, 2020.Fire prevention: wildfire risk: defensible space: ember-resistant zones. Existing law requires the Director of Forestry and Fire Protection to identify areas in the state as very high fire hazard severity zones based on specified criteria and the severity of the fire hazard. Existing law requires a person who owns, leases, controls, operates, or maintains an occupied dwelling or structure in, upon, or adjoining a mountainous area, forest-covered land, brush-covered land, grass-covered land, or land that is covered with flammable material that is within a very high fire hazard severity zone, as designated by a local agency, or a building or structure in, upon, or adjoining those areas or lands within a state responsibility area, to maintain a defensible space of 100 feet from each side and from the front and rear of the structure, as specified. A violation of these requirements is a crime. This bill would require a person described above to use more intense fuel reductions between 5 and 30 feet around the structure, and to create an ember-resistant zone within 5 feet of the structure, as provided. Because a violation of these provisions would be a crime or expand the scope of an existing crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The bill would require each local agency having jurisdiction of property upon which conditions that are regulated by the defensible space provisions described above apply and the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to make reasonable efforts to provide notice to affected residents of the above requirements before imposing penalties for a violation of those requirements. By expanding the duty of a local agency, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
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SB-1448Bradford06/08/20 - From committee: Be ordered to second reading pursuant to Senate Rule 28.8.Fire prevention: electrical corporations: wildfire mitigation plans: workforce diversity. Under existing law, the Public Utilities Commission has regulatory authority over public utilities, including electrical corporations. Existing law requires each electrical corporation to annually prepare and submit a wildfire mitigation plan to the commission for review and approval, as specified. Existing law requires an electrical corporation’s wildfire mitigation plan to include specified components. This bill would require an electrical corporation’s wildfire mitigation plan to include a description of how the electrical corporation and its contractors will develop a diverse workforce to complete the vegetation management, system hardening, and grid modernization work that it and its contractors are undertaking currently and in the future.Referred to Sen U&E 5/11. Not set for hearing 5/14
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SB-801Glazer06/03/20 - Set for hearing June 9.Electrical corporations: wildfire mitigation plans: deenergization: public safety protocol. This bill would require an electrical corporation to deploy backup electrical resources or provide financial assistance for backup electrical resources to a customer receiving a medical baseline allowance if the customer meets those conditions. Because this bill would add additional requirements to an electrical corporation’s wildfire mitigation plan that would be approved and overseen by the commission and because a violation of an order or decision of the commission implementing its requirements would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program by creating a new crime. 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.Set for hearing 5/14
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AB-2076Bigelow06/08/20 - Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate.Public lands: Department of Parks and Recreation: wildfire management plan: fire hazard severity zones. This bill would require the Director of Parks and Recreation to develop, in specified phases, and implement a wildfire management plan for all property under the jurisdiction of the Department of Parks and Recreation that is located within a high or a very high fire hazard severity zone, as provided. The bill would require the wildfire management plan to outline the department’s fire prevention goals and future projects for prescribed fire, defensible space, fire resilient restoration projects, and the fire hardening of the department’s structures, among other things. The bill would require the department to post the complete wildfire management plan on its internet website, as provided.Set for hearing 5/14
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AB-2367Gonzalez05/05/20 - Referred to Com. on INS.Residential property insurance: wildfire resilience. This bill would create the Wildfire Resilience Task Force, which would include the Insurance Commissioner, the Director of the Office of Emergency Services, and the State Fire Marshal, or their designees. The bill would require the task force to establish minimum standards for fire-hardened homes and communities, and would authorize the commissioner to promulgate regulations to implement specified exceptions to those standards. The bill would require an admitted insurer that offers or sells residential property insurance to, at a minimum, offer or sell the existing residential property insurance coverage it most commonly offers or sells to an applicant or insured who owns a residence that has an estimated replacement cost consistent with the insurer’s underwriting guidelines, meets the minimum standards established by the task force, and was built before those standards were established.Hearing not set
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SB-111committee on budget and fiscal review9/12/19-Re-referred to Com. on BUDGET pursuant to Assembly Rule 97.Wildfire agencies: public utilities: safety and insurance. This bill creates the California Catastrophe Response Council and the Office of Energy Infrastructure Safety, a new entity under the Natural Resources Agency, in order to ensure energy infrastructure safety in California.Related to past budget
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SB-1359Rubio3/12/20-Referred to Com. on INS.Insurance: wildfire risk. This bill would require the commissioner, on or before March 1, 2021, to convene a stakeholder group to consider the actuarial soundness of residential property insurance rates, taking into consideration current wildfire risks to residential properties and communities. The bill would require the stakeholder group to recommend changes to state law governing residential property insurance rates in communities that are located in high-risk wildfire areas and would require the commissioner to post the recommendations on its internet website on or before December 31, 2021 .ASM Insurance comittee hearing not yet set
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SB-605Hueso1/27/20-In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk.Public Utilities Commission: proceedings. This bill makes minor changes to the proceeding processes at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to help reduce delays, while preserving public notification and stakeholder participation.Not set for hearing
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AB-3164Friedman 06/04/20 - Read second time. Ordered to third reading.Fire prevention: wildland-urban interface wildfire risk model: model use guidelines. This bill would require the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, by July 1, 2022, to develop a wildland-urban interface wildfire risk model to determine the risk for a community or parcel within a local responsibility area or state responsibility area and guidelines for the proper use of the model, as provided. The bill would require the department to establish, and consult with, an advisory workgroup, with specified members, to develop the model. The bill would require the department to update the model and guidelines when fire hazard severity zones are revised. This bill would also make a revision to the provision relating to the purpose of the fire hazard severity zones provisions.Set for 5/13 hearing
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SB-45Allen1/30/20- In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk.Wildfire Prevention, Safe Drinking Water, Drought Preparation, and Flood Protection Bond Act of 2020. SB 45 would enact the Wildfire Prevention, Safe Drinking Water, Drought Preparation, and Flood Protection Bond Act of 2020, which authorizes the sale of $5.51 billion in general obligation bonds, upon approval by voters at the November 3, 2020 statewide general election. Bond funds would be used for projects related to wildfire prevention, safe drinking water, drought preparation, and flood protection.
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SB- 1348Stern06/03/20 - Set for hearing June 9.Fire prevention: vegetation management: public education: grants. Existing law requires the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to establish a local assistance grant program for fire prevention activities in the state. Exiting law requires that the eligible activities include, among other things, fire prevention activities, as provided.
This bill would also specifically include vegetation management along roadways and driveways and public education outreach regarding home and community wildfire resistance, as provided, as part of the eligible activities, as provided.
Existing law requires the Director of Forestry and Fire Protection to provide grants to, or enter into contracts or other cooperative agreements with, specified entities for the implementation and administration of projects and programs to improve forest health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Existing law requires all moneys, except for fines and penalties, collected by the State Air Resources Board, as part of a market-based compliance mechanism to reduce air emissions, to be deposited in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund and to be available upon appropriation by the Legislature. Existing law requires that any project or program described above that is funded with moneys from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund complies with all statutory and program requirements applicable to the use of moneys from the fund.
Bill set for hearing 5/19
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AB- 2386Bigelow06/08/20 - Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate.Office of Emergency Services: disaster council plans. This bill would require the Office of Emergency Services to annually review 10 plans described above to determine if the plans substantially conform to or exceed specified recommendations made by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The bill would require the office to prioritize in its review a plan submitted from a county determined to be at a high risk of wildfire disaster.
Passed committee 5/12. In appropriations
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AB- 2167Daly06/08/20 - Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate.Insurance market action plan. This bill would establish the Insurance Market Action Plan (IMAP) program under which residential property insurance policies in a county may qualify for IMAP protection if residential property insurance policies issued by the FAIR Plan constitute 3% or more of all policies issued and in force in that county. The bill would authorize an insurer to submit an IMAP filing to the department and would require the IMAP to include a request for adequate rates, a plan for maintaining solvency of the insurer, and mitigation requirements. The bill would also require an insurer to commit in the IMAP to offer new and renewal residential property insurance policies in a set of IMAP counties until the insurer achieves a market penetration rate in those IMAP counties that is no lower than 85% of its statewide market penetration rate. The bill would require an insurer that submits an IMAP filing to receive an expedited review of its rate filing, not to exceed 120 days, if the insurer uses an actuarial assumption for trend and loss development that is at the midpoint or less of rate impacts, or files for a rate increase based solely on increased reinsurance costs, and does not otherwise change any other aspect of its rate filing from its previous department approved rate. The bill would require the Office of Planning and Research, on or before, January 1, 2023, to issue a report outlining the effectiveness of the IMAP program.Insurance committee hearing not yet scheduled
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AB- 3256Eduardo Garcia06/08/20 - Re-referred to Com. on RLSWildfire Prevention, Safe Drinking Water, Climate Resilience, Drought Preparation, and Flood Protection Bond Act of 2020. The California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access For All Act of 2018, approved by the voters as Proposition 68 at the June 5, 2018, statewide direct primary election, authorizes the issuance of bonds in the amount of $4,000,000,000 pursuant to the State General Obligation Bond Law to finance a drought, water, parks, climate, coastal protection, and outdoor access for all program.
This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact a bond measure that would address climate risks to the State of California. The climate crisis presents a significant threat to the health, line 4 safety, and prosperity of the people of California. The changing climate increases the risk of extreme weather events, biodiversity line loss, catastrophic wildfire, and sea level rise, resulting in harm to line California’s agricultural industry, water supply, unique ecosystems, line and economy.
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SB-944McGuire 2/20/20- Referred to Com. on GOV. & F.Personal income taxes: Fire Safe Home Tax Credits Act. This bill would allow credits against the tax imposed by the Personal Income Tax Law for each taxable year beginning on or after January 1, 2021, and before January 1, 2026, to a qualified taxpayer for qualified costs relating to qualified home hardening, as defined, and for qualified costs relating to qualified vegetation management, as defined, in specified amounts, not to exceed an aggregate amount of $500,000,000 per taxable year. The bill will increase wildfire preparedness by providing a tax incentive to property owners that live in fire-prone parts of the state. The bill will compensate taxpayers for costly mitigation measures that prepare their homes for wildfire season.No Senate Gov & Finance committee hearing set
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SB-350Hill6/8/20 - Assembly rule 56 suspendedAuthorizes the creation of a non-profit public benefit corporation to acquire the Pacific Gas & Electric Company and the Pacific Gas & Electric Corporation (collectively PG&E) under specified circumstances.