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CHA Sponsors Legislation to Address the 2030 Seismic Standards

What’s happening: CHA is sponsoring legislation to address the 2030 seismic standards and supports Assembly Bill (AB) 869 (Wood, D-Healdsburg), which provides seismic relief for rural and district hospitals. 

What else to know: A bipartisan group of Senators is jointly authoring CHA’s sponsored legislation. 

CHA has taken a significant step in the effort to address the 2030 seismic standards. Senate Bill 1432 (Caballero, D-Merced) has been introduced as a “spot” bill, a “placeholder” bill with non-specific content, and has been jointly sponsored by a group of Senators including Anna Caballero (D-Merced), Bill Dodd (D-Napa), Susan Eggman (D-Stockton), Josh Newman (D-Fullerton), Marie Alvarado-Gil (D-Jackson), Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield), and Josh Becker (D-Menlo Park).  

The bill will be amended in the coming weeks to: 

  • Provide additional time to comply with the 2030 seismic requirements for all hospitals.  
  • Introduce additional disaster planning requirements for hospitals.    
  • Report to the Legislature with analysis on the cost impacts of seismic compliance, including the impact on meeting spending growth targets set by the Office of Health Care Affordability.   

CHA will also support AB 869, which provides seismic compliance relief for rural and district hospitals and works to develop financial support opportunities for rural and critical access hospitals. 

As advocacy to support this proposal begins in earnest, we encourage your organization’s leaders to get involved through CHA’s seismic community outreach program, and stay tuned for opportunities to connect directly with policymakers to advance these critically important bills.  

For more information, contact Trina Gonzalez, vice president, policy, at