BILL ANALYSIS Senate Appropriations Committee Fiscal Summary Senator Tom Torlakson, Chairman 828 (Padilla) Hearing Date: 5/14/07 Amended: 5/1/07 Consultant: Bob Franzoia Policy Vote: GO 8-0 _________________________________________________________________ ____ BILL SUMMARY: SB 828 would require the State Fire Marshall (SFM) to develop standards and procedures for arson dogs that are based on specified standards issued by the California State Firefighters Association. The SFM, in cooperation with other recognized statewide fire investigation entities, may amend and update the standards and procedures as needed. _________________________________________________________________ ____ Fiscal Impact (in thousands) Major Provisions 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 Fund Arson dog standards Up to $100 one time General and procedures _________________________________________________________________ ____ STAFF COMMENTS: In the past, the SFM maintained its own arson dogs and developed regulations for the training of what are now referred to as accelerate detection dogs (ADDs). It appears that when funding to maintain the dogs was eliminated, the regulatory program lapsed. Since that time, it appears there have been instances where, due to an absence of current regulations, the training of ADDs has been challenged in court, resulting in arson cases being lost. While it is important the SFM maintain current and valid regulations for ADDS, the SFM should not be required to base those regulations on work by non state entities. Instead, the SFM regulations should be based on revising and updating existing SFM regulations in consultation with all interested parties. To that end, staff recommends the bill be amended, in general, to read: 13159.85 The State Fire Marshall, in consultation with recognized statewide fire investigation entities, including the California State Firefighters Association, shall revise and update regulations for accelerate detection dogs. The regulations, which shall be adopted no later than January 1, 2009 shall include, but not be limited to, department and handler selection and evaluation, canine selection, fire scene search practices, blind odor recognition testing, field and people searches, and statutes and regulations relating to the utilization of accelerant detection dogs.