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                                 THIRD READING

          Bill No:  SB 1443
          Author:   Simitian (D)
          Amended:  4/14/10
          Vote:     21

           SENATE NATURAL RES. & WATER COMMITTEE  :  9-0, 4/13/10
          AYES:  Pavley, Cogdill, Hollingsworth, Huff, Kehoe,  
            Lowenthal, Padilla, Simitian, Wolk

          AYES:  Kehoe, Cox, Corbett, Leno, Price, Walters, Wolk,  
            Wyland, Yee
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Alquist, Denham

           SUBJECT  :    Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Multi-Hazard  
                      Task Force

           SOURCE  :     Author

           DIGEST  :    This bill extends the sunset of the  
          Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Multi-Hazard Coordination Task  
          Force (Task Force) until a required report is submitted and  
          repeals the governing code section for the Task Force until  
          January 1, 2013.

           ANALYSIS  :    Under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta  
          Emergency Preparedness Act of 2008, the Office of Emergency  
          Services (later renamed the California Emergency Management  
          Agency, or Cal EMA) is required to establish the Task  


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          Force, upon the availability of funding.

          The Task Force is to be led by Cal EMA, and is to include  
          the Delta Protection Commission, the Department of Water  
          Resources (DWR), and a single representative from each of  
          the five Delta counties.

          The Task Force is charged to do all of the following:

          1. Make recommendations to Cal EMA relating to the creation  
             of an interagency unified command system organizational  

          2. Coordinate the development of a draft emergency  
             preparedness and response strategy for the Delta region.

          3. Develop and conduct an all-hazard emergency response  
             exercise in the Delta, designed to test regional  
             coordination protocols already in place.

          The Task Force is required to submit a report with its  
          strategy and recommendations to the Legislature and the  
          Governor prior to January 1, 2011, and shall cease to exist  
          on or before January 1, 2011.

          These provisions sunset 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.

           FISCAL EFFECT  :    Appropriation:  No   Fiscal Com.:  Yes    
          Local:  No

          According to the Senate Appropriations Committee, Cal EMA  
          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  
          2011, and include a large scale flood scenario in the  
          Delta.  DWR is expected to participate in this exercise.   
          DWR indicates that the report will likely be done by  
          January 2011.  If the report is not done by that time,  
          Committee staff estimates that there may be need for some  


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          minor additional staff costs in 2011 to complete the  
          report.  Because Cal EMA and DWR will be participating in  
          Golden Guardian in May 2011, Committee staff does not  
          anticipate that the Task Force will conduct another  
          exercise pursuant to this bill. 

           ARGUMENTS IN SUPPORT  :    According to the author's office,  
          there is a possibility that the Task Force will not  
          complete their work on time.  Cal EMA has experienced  
          furloughs which have resulted in lost worked days to the  
          Task Force.  Cal EMA believes that they will finish on time  
          January 1, 2011; however, if they do experience any  
          additional delays the Task Force may have to come back in  
          2011 to seek reauthorization for their work.  This in turn  
          would further delay the ultimate work product.  Extending  
          the reporting due date and sunset date, as proposed by this  
          bill, will eliminate the risk of additional delay, should  
          the Task Force not complete its work by January 1, 2011.

          CTW:mw  5/4/10   Senate Floor Analyses 


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