BILL ANALYSIS Senate Appropriations Committee Fiscal Summary Senator Christine Kehoe, Chair 1443 (Simitian) Hearing Date: 05/03/2010 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 Task force staffing Likely less than $50 General _________________________________________________________________ ____ STAFF COMMENTS: 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. The report has not been submitted and the author is concerned that the report may not be ready for publication before the Task Force is eliminated. In addition, the Task Force has not conducted an emergency response exercise as required in the original bill. 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. CalEMA periodically conducts statewide emergency response exercises with other state agencies and local governments, pursuant to direction from the Governor's office. The next exercise, Golden Guardian 2011, will be conducted in May of 2011 and include a large scale flood scenario in the Delta. The Department of Water Resources is expected to participate in this exercise. The Department of Water Resources indicates that the report will likely be done by January 2011. If the report is not done by that time, staff estimates that there may be need for some minor additional staff costs in 2011 to complete the report. Because CalEMA and DWR will be participating in Golden Guardian in May 2011, staff does not anticipate that the task force will conduct another exercise pursuant to this bill.