Amended in Senate June 24, 2013

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California Legislature—2013–14 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 127


Introduced by Assembly Member Skinner

(Coauthors: Assembly Members Ammiano, Rendon, Stone, and Williams)

January 14, 2013


An act to add Section 13108.1 to the Health and Safety Code, relating to fire safety.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 127, as amended, Skinner. Fire safety: fire retardants: building insulation.

Existing law authorizes the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission to adopt regulations pertaining to urea formaldehyde foam insulation materials that are reasonably necessary to protect the public health and safety. Existing law provides that these regulations may include prohibition of the manufacture, sale, or installation of this insulation. Existing law also authorizes the Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings, and Thermal Insulation to establish by regulation insulation material standards governing the quality of all insulation material sold or installed in the state.

The California Building Standards Law requires all state agencies that adopt or propose adoption of any building standard to submit the building standard to the California Building Standards Commission for approval or adoption. Existing law requires the commission to receive proposed building standards from state agencies for consideration in an 18-month code adoption cycle. Existing law requires the commission to adopt, approve, codify, update, and publish green building standards applicable to a particular occupancy, if no state agency has the authority or expertise to propose green building standards for those occupancies.

This bill would require the State Fire Marshal, in consultation with the Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings, and Thermal Insulationbegin insert and the Department of Toxic Substances Controlend insert, to, bybegin delete Januaryend deletebegin insert Julyend insert 1, 2015, propose forbegin delete adoptionend deletebegin insert considerationend insert by the commission updated begin insertinsulation end insertflammability standards that accomplish certain things, including maintaining overall building fire safety while giving full consideration to the long-term human and ecological health impacts associated with chemical flame retardants.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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SECTION 1.  

Section 13108.1 is added to the Health and Safety
2Code
, to read:

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13108.1.  

The State Fire Marshal, in consultation with the
4Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings,
5and Thermal Insulationbegin insert and the Department of Toxic Substances
6Controlend insert
, shall, bybegin delete Januaryend deletebegin insert Julyend insert 1, 2015, propose for begin deleteadoptionend delete
7begin insert considerationend insert by the California Building Standards Commissionbegin insert,
8 at the sole discretion of the commission,end insert
updated begin insertinsulation end insert
9flammability standards that accomplish both of the following:

10(1) Maintain overall building fire safety while giving full
11consideration to the long-term human and ecological health impacts
12associated with chemical flame retardants.

13(2) Ensure that there is adequate protection from fires that travel
14between walls and into confined areas, including crawl spaces and
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2be in the building during a fire.



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