BILL ANALYSIS                                                                                                                                                                                                    



                                                                    AB 1149


                                                                    Page  1





          Date of Hearing:  May 6, 2015


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                                 Jimmy Gomez, Chair


          AB  
          1149 (Wood) - As Introduced February 27, 2015


           ----------------------------------------------------------------- 
          |Policy       |Health                         |Vote:|18 - 0       |
          |Committee:   |                               |     |             |
          |             |                               |     |             |
          |             |                               |     |             |
          |-------------+-------------------------------+-----+-------------|
          |             |                               |     |             |
          |             |                               |     |             |
          |             |                               |     |             |
          |-------------+-------------------------------+-----+-------------|
          |             |                               |     |             |
          |             |                               |     |             |
          |             |                               |     |             |
           ----------------------------------------------------------------- 


          Urgency:  Yes State Mandated Local Program:  NoReimbursable:  No


          SUMMARY:


          This bill allows trade associations that represent specific  
          local health entities to receive federal emergency preparedness  
          and response funding allocated by the California Department of  
          Public Health (CDPH). 








                                                                    AB 1149


                                                                    Page  2







          This bill contains an urgency clause to allow funding to be  
          allocated to the affected entities, upon enactment.


          FISCAL EFFECT:


          Negligible state fiscal effect. This bill clarifies eligibility  
          for an existing federal grant. 


          COMMENTS:


          Purpose. According to the author, due to a recent change in  
          CDPH's interpretation of current law, trade associations that  
          represent specific health facilities are no longer able to  
          receive Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) grant funding  
          administered by the Emergency Preparedness Office at CDPH.  This  
          federally funded program supports programs that strengthen  
          preparedness for public health emergencies such as natural  
          disasters, terror attacks, and epidemic illnesses.  Since the  
          program began in 1996, trade associations have played a major  
          role in the HPP.  The author notes the infrastructure and  
          communication channels within associations make them  
          particularly well suited to tackle the education and outreach  
          challenges inherent to the HPP.  This bill will clarify they are  
          eligible recipients of available funding. 





          Analysis Prepared by:Lisa Murawski / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081










                                                                    AB 1149


                                                                    Page  3