Deadline Extended! Urge Assembly Members to Support Seismic Extension Bill

ACTION NEEDED

Write or call your hospital’s Assembly member and ask them to vote “yes” on Senate Bill (SB) 1432 (Caballero, D-Merced) when it is heard in the Assembly Health Committee on June 25. The bill offers important modifications to the 2030 seismic standards related to timing and financial support. Hospitals should also encourage their community partners to submit letters. 

For hospitals that are participating in CHA’s community engagement project, please schedule hospital tours with your Assembly members. As the bill moves through the legislative process, it is critical that Assembly members see the challenges with seismic compliance and understand the need for an extension. In addition, hospitals should encourage their community partners to participate in these tours. 

Please update Kathryn Scott, senior vice president, state relations and advocacy, kscott@calhospital.org at and Trina Gonzalez, vice president, policy, at tgonzalez@calhospital.org on your progress.  

TIMING

The deadline to submit letters has been extended to June 21. Please send letters directly to your state Assembly member and send a copy to Emily Schroeder, legislative assistant, at eschroeder@calhospital.org. Calls or texts to Assembly members should be made between now and June 24. Find the contact information for your Assembly member on the Legislature’s website.  

Schedule your hospital tours now through July. 

RESOURCES

BACKGROUND

Earlier this year, CHA worked with a bipartisan group of senators to introduce legislation that would help hospitals with a wide range of seismic compliance challenges. SB 1432 would:  

  • Extend the 2030 seismic compliance deadline by providing an initial three-year extension to 2033 upon submission of a seismic compliance plan and Non-Structural Performance evaluation and up to an additional five years to comply with seismic operational requirements  
  • Address additional post-earthquake disaster preparedness requirements  
  • Assess opportunities for financial support  
  • Require the state to assess the overall costs of the 2030 requirement  
  • Address rural hospitals’ unique concerns 

For more information about our seismic work, visit the CHA website