Gubernatorial Outreach Alert – AB 2681 (Seismic Resiliency)
Member Call to Action
With this legislative session coming to an end, many bills are moving to their final destination – the governor’s desk. Once a bill arrives at Governor Brown’s desk, he will either sign it into law, or veto the measure. CALBO is currently tracking many measures in these last days of session, but has been actively advocating on the seismic resiliency measures moving through the legislative process.
CALBO’s top priority for this legislative session is the VETO of AB 2681 by Assembly Member Nazarian (D – North Hollywood) – the Seismic Resiliency Initiative (SRI). This bill would establish a statewide mandate for a “potentially vulnerable buildings” inventory. CALBO has been working on the SRI for many months, and has been advocating against companion policy measures that have moved through the Legislature based on our policy principles. CALBO recognizes the need for seismic resiliency efforts, but does not support a statewide mandate that does not take into consideration local needs and regional diversity. Additionally, the bill in its current form does not provide any secured funding for local governments. This further concerns CALBO as building departments would be tasked with this large undertaking with no financial support for departmental time or administrative costs.
AB 2681 has made it out of the Assembly and Senate with both houses making amendments to the language during this process. Even with these amendments, CALBO cannot support an unfunded statewide mandate. CALBO has committed to legislative leaders, along with other direct stakeholders in our community, to sponsoring an appropriate, prudent and effective seismic resiliency measure next legislative session.
At this time, CALBO will be requesting the governor’s VETO on AB 2681. If your agency is interested in joining CALBO in “Opposing” this measure, please send the attached letter template to the governor, with the required fields updated to match your local jurisdiction’s information. AB 2681 will arrive at the governor’s desk soon, and he has until September 30, 2019 to sign the bill into state law. Please join CALBO, along with our colleagues the League of California Cities, California State Association of Counties (CSAC), and Rural Counties Representatives of California (RCRC) in opposing AB 2681.
Step 1: Edit letter template with your jurisdiction’s information
Step 2: Send to Governor Brown’s office and Assemblymember Nazarian’s office.
Governor Edmund G. Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-2841
Fax: (916) 558-3160
Assembly Member Adrin Nazarian
D – North Hollywood
State Capitol, Room 4146
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 319-2046
Fax: (916) 319-2146
If you have any questions, please contact Katie Almand, Government Affairs Manager.