BILL ANALYSIS Senate Appropriations Committee Fiscal Summary Senator Christine Kehoe, Chair 1443 (Simitian) Hearing Date: 04/26/2010 Amended: 04/14/2010 Consultant: Brendan McCarthy Policy Vote: NR&W 9-0 _________________________________________________________________ ____ BILL SUMMARY: SB 1443 extends the sunset of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Multi-hazard Coordination Task Force. _________________________________________________________________ ____ Fiscal Impact (in thousands) Major Provisions 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 Fund DWR task force staffing$50 General DWR participation in Potentially up to $250 General Disaster response exercise CalEMA task force staffing Potentially up to $100General _________________________________________________________________ ____ STAFF COMMENTS: This bill meets the criteria for referral to the Suspense file. Current law (SB 27, Simitian, Chapter 608, Statutes of 2008) requires the California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA), the Department of Water Resources (DWR), the Delta Protection Commission, and the five Delta counties to form the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Multi-hazard Coordination Task Force. The Task Force is required to make recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature regarding emergency response in the Delta. The report is due on January 1, 2011. The Task Force is also required to conduct an emergency response exercise in the Delta. Current law sunsets the Task Force on January 1, 2011. This bill extends the life of the Task Force until the required report is submitted to the Legislature and repeals the governing code section as of January 1, 2013. The participants of the Task Force have been working on the required activities, but have indicated that the required report may not be complete by January 1, 2011. In addition, the Task Force has not conducted an emergency response exercise. However, CalEMA periodically conducts statewide emergency response exercises with other state agencies and local governments. The next exercise, Golden Guardian 2011, will include a large scale flood scenario in the Delta. Both CalEMA and the Department indicate that they will need additional resources to continue staffing the Task Force beyond January 1, 2011.