BILL NUMBER: SB 902	INTRODUCED
	BILL TEXT


INTRODUCED BY   Senator Ashburn

                        JANUARY 26, 2010

   An act to amend Section 14831 of the Health and Safety Code,
relating to fire protection.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   SB 902, as introduced, Ashburn. Fire protection: county
regulation.
   Existing law authorizes the organization of fire companies by
filing a certificate with the county Fire and Rescue Operational Area
Coordinator, as specified. Existing law authorizes a county which
has a population of 1,000,000 or more to regulate the formation,
continued existence, and ongoing operations of fire companies, as
specified.
   This bill would remove the requirement that a county have a
population of 1,000,000 or more persons in order to regulate the
formation, continued existence, and ongoing operations of fire
companies.
   Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no.
State-mandated local program: no.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  SECTION 1.  Section 14831 of the Health and Safety Code is amended
to read:
   14831.  The board of supervisors of a county  which has a
population of 1,000,000 or more on or after January 1, 1985,
 may, by ordinance, regulate the formation and continued
existence of fire companies. The board of supervisors may authorize
the formation of any new fire company within the county where it
determines that a reasonable level of fire services does not already
exist and where the provision of supplemental or competing fire
services by any other entity would not result in the mismanagement of
emergencies or in confusion to those seeking aid.
   The board of supervisors may order that any fire companies formed
pursuant to this part may continue to exist upon making the
determination that the circumstances stated above exist. The board of
supervisors may, by ordinance, establish additional regulations and
criteria for the establishment and ongoing operation of fire
companies organized pursuant to this part.