BILL ANALYSIS                                                                                                                                                                                                    



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          Date of Hearing:   May 4, 2011

                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
                                Felipe Fuentes, Chair

                   AB 441 (Monning) - As Amended:  March 24, 2011 

          Policy Committee:                              Local 
          GovernmentVote:6-3

          Urgency:     No                   State Mandated Local Program: 
          No     Reimbursable:              

           SUMMARY  

          This bill requires the Governor's Office of Planning and 
          Research (OPR) to develop guidelines for local and regional 
          agencies to incorporate health issues into local or regional 
          general plans and requires the California Transportation 
          Commission (CTC) to include health issues in guidelines 
          promulgated by CTC for the preparation of regional 
          transportation plans.  Specifically, this bill:  

          1)Requires the general plan guidelines to contain voluntary 
            guidelines for local and regional agencies to incorporate 
            health and health equity factors, strategies, goals, and 
            objectives.

          2)Requires OPR to develop guidelines, with the appropriate state 
            agencies and departments, for cities and counties to include 
            health and health equity factors, goals, strategies, and 
            objectives in local general, specific, or regional plans. 

          3)States that health and health equity factors, goals, 
            strategies, and objectives can be included as an optional 
            element of a general plan or can be integrated into one of the 
            mandatory elements. 

          4)Requires OPR to report to the Governor, Legislature and any 
            relevant local and state agencies regarding the number of 
            general plans that include health equity criteria and to 
            provide best practices or models for incorporation into local 
            general, specific, or regional plans.

          5)Requires CTC, in consultation with the appropriate state 








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            agencies and departments, to include, at the next revision, 
            health and health equity factors, strategies, goals and 
            objectives in the regional transportation plan (RTP) 
            guidelines.

           FISCAL EFFECT  

          1)Costs of approximately $500,000 to the Office of Planning and 
            Research to prepare the guidelines local governments could use 
            to update their general plans to reflect health 
            considerations.

          2)Costs of approximately $250,000 for the CTC to revise their 
            guidelines to reflect health and health equity factors in 
            their RTP guidelines.

          3)Unknown costs to local governments that could qualify as state 
            mandated local costs, depending on the requirements that local 
            governments may face in conforming to the guidelines.


           COMMENTS  

           1)Purpose.   According to the sponsors, California Pan-Ethnic 
            Health Network, AB 441 promotes creating communities that are 
            designed to prevent health conditions before they occur.  
            Supporters believe that AB 441 enables the state to provide a 
            flexible blueprint on integrating health criteria into 
            planning so that local governments can use these guidelines to 
            begin developing plans that increase access to healthier food, 
            safer parks, and transit option strategies that meet the needs 
            of all users.

           2)Physical activity  .  According to the Centers for Disease 
            Control and Prevention, physical inactivity contributes to 
            increased risk of many chronic diseases and conditions, 
            including obesity, hypertension, non-insulin-dependent 
            diabetes, colon cancer, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and 
            coronary heart disease.  Despite the health benefits of 
            physical activity, 74% of U.S. adults do not get enough 
            physical activity to meet public health recommendations and 
            about one in four U.S. adults remains completely inactive 
            during their leisure time. 

           3)Mandated costs.  Legislative Counsel did not key this bill as 








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            a state mandate.  However, there may still be state mandated 
            costs to local government that would be reimbursable.  If the 
            mandate depends on the decision of an administrative agency, 
            the bill will not be keyed by Legislative Counsel as a 
            mandate.  Given that the general plan guidelines are 
            voluntary, there is not likely to be any mandated costs.  The 
            updates of the RTPs are not voluntary, so there is a greater 
            likelihood of mandated costs that would be reimbursed.


          Analysis Prepared by  :    Roger Dunstan / APPR. / (916) 319-2081