Amended in Assembly August 19, 2015

Amended in Assembly August 18, 2015

Amended in Assembly June 24, 2015

Senate BillNo. 295


Introduced by Senator Jackson

(Principal coauthor: Assembly Member Williams)

February 23, 2015


An act to add Section 51015.1 to the Government Code, relating to pipeline safety.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

SB 295, as amended, Jackson. Pipeline safety: inspections.

Under the Elder California Pipeline Safety Act of 1981, the State Fire Marshal exercises safety regulatory jurisdiction over intrastate pipelines used for the transportation of hazardous or highly volatile liquid substances. The act authorizes the State Fire Marshal to exercise safety regulatory jurisdiction over portions of interstate pipelines located within the state and subject to an agreement between the United States Secretary of Transportation and the State Fire Marshal. The act authorizes the State Fire Marshal to enter, inspect, and examine, at reasonable times and in a reasonable manner, the records and properties of any pipeline operators that are required to be inspected and examined to determine whether the pipeline operator is in compliance with the act.

This bill wouldbegin delete requireend deletebegin insert require, commencing January 1, 2017,end insert the State Fire Marshal, or an officer or employee authorized by the State Fire Marshal, to annually inspect all intrastate pipelines and operators of intrastate pipelines under the jurisdiction of the State Firebegin delete Marshal.end deletebegin insert Marshal, and would require the State Fire Marshal to adopt regulations implementing this provision by that date.end insert The bill wouldbegin delete requireend deletebegin insert prohibitend insert the State Firebegin delete Marshal, to the maximum extent possible, to becomeend deletebegin insert Marshal from becomingend insert an inspection agentbegin delete by entering into an agreement withend deletebegin insert for specified interstate pipelines unless all regulatory and enforcement authority over those pipelines is transferred to the State Fire Marshal fromend insert the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safetybegin delete Administration, as specified.end deletebegin insert Administration.end insert The bill would require the State Fire Marshal to revise specified fees assessed to cover the costs associated with this measure.

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 51015.1 is added to the Government
2Code
, to read:

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51015.1.  

(a) begin deleteThe end deletebegin insertCommencing January 1, 2017, the end insertState Fire
4Marshal, or an officer or employee authorized by the State Fire
5Marshal, shall annually inspect all intrastate pipelines and operators
6of intrastate pipelines under the jurisdiction of the State Fire
7Marshal to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
8begin insert By January 1, 2017, the State Fire Marshal shall adopt regulations
9implementing this subdivision.end insert

10(b) For portions of interstate pipelines that are not under the
11jurisdiction of the State Fire Marshal pursuant to Section 51010.6,
12the State Fire Marshalbegin delete shall, to the maximum extent possible,end deletebegin insert shall
13notend insert
become an inspection agentbegin delete through entering into an interstate
14inspection agent agreement withend delete
begin insert for those pipelines unless all
15regulatory and enforcement authority over those pipelines is
16transferred to the State Fire Marshal fromend insert
the federal Pipeline and
17Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

18(c) The State Fire Marshal shall revise the fee assessed pursuant
19to Section 51019 to a level sufficient to cover the costs associated
20with the implementation of this section.



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