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          Date of Hearing:   June 29, 2010

                   ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON WATER, PARKS AND WILDLIFE
                            Jared William Huffman, Chair
                   SB 1443 (Simitian) - As Amended:  April 14, 2010

           SENATE VOTE  :   36-0
           
          SUBJECT  :   Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Multi-Hazard  
          Coordination Task Force

           SUMMARY  :   Extends the expiration date of the Task Force to the  
          date it submits its report to the Legislature.  Specifically,  
           this bill  :   

          1)Changes the date on which the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta  
            Multi-Hazard Coordination Task Force would cease to exist,  
            from "on or before January 1, 2011", to the date on which the  
            Task Force submits its report with strategy and  
            recommendations for the emergency preparedness in the Delta  
            region to the Legislature and the Governor, and

          2)Extends the sunset date of the law to January 1, 2013, unless  
            a later enacted statute deletes or extends that date.

           EXISTING LAW   The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Emergency  
          Preparedness Act of 2008 (SB 27, Chapter 608, Statutes of 2008)  
          requires the Office of Emergency Services (now called the  
          California Emergency Management Agency, or Cal-EMA) to establish  
          the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Multi-Hazard Coordination Task  
          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,  
          and a single representative from each of the five Delta  
          counties.

          The Task Force is charged to do the following:

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

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









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          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.

           FISCAL EFFECT  :   Unknown

           COMMENTS  :   According to the author, there is a possibility that  
          the Task Force will not complete its work and submit the report  
          on time (because of furloughs at Cal-EMA), and, given the way  
          the statute (SB 27) was written, the consequences of missing the  
          deadline are an even greater delay.  

          Cal EMA believes that they will finish on time by January 1,  
          2011; however, if they are delayed, under the current law the  
          Task Force would have to come back to the Legislature in 2011 to  
          seek reauthorization for their work.  This in turn would further  
          delay the ultimate work product.  Extending the life of the Task  
          Force until the required report is submitted to the Legislature  
          will eliminate the risk of additional delay should the Task  
          Force not complete its work by January 1, 2011.

           REGISTERED SUPPORT / OPPOSITION  :

           Support 
           
          None on file.
           
            Opposition 
           
          None on file.

           Analysis Prepared by  :    Igor Lacan / W., P. & W. / (916)  
          319-2096