California News: Assemblyman Maienschein Discusses AB 1548 (Nonprofit Security Grants)
San Diego Assemblymember Brian Maienschein joined KUSI to discuss AB 1548
AB 1548, as amended, Gabriel. California State Nonprofit Security Grant Program.
Existing law establishes the Office of Emergency Services within the office of the Governor and under the supervision of the Director of Emergency Services and makes the Office of Emergency Services responsible for the state’s emergency and disaster response services for natural, technological, or manmade disasters and emergencies.
This bill would establish the California State Nonprofit Security Grant Program under the administration of the director to improve the physical security of nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of violent attacks or hate crimes due to ideology, beliefs, or mission, as specified. The bill would make the operation of the program contingent upon an appropriation in the annual Budget Act for these purposes.
This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.
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The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
SECTION 1. Section 8588.9 is added to the Government Code, to read:
8588.9. (a) The California State Nonprofit Security Grant Program is hereby established under the administration of the director to improve the physical security of nonprofit organizations, including schools, clinics, community centers, churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, and similar locations that are at a high risk for violent attacks or hate crimes due to ideology, beliefs, or mission.
(b) The California State Nonprofit Security Grant Program shall provide grants for the purpose of hardening soft targets that are nonprofit organizations and at a high risk for violent attacks and hate crimes, as described in subdivision (a). Grant money may be distributed to applicants for all of the following security enhancements:
(1) Security guards.
(2) Reinforced doors and gates.
(3) High-intensity lighting and alarms.
(4) Any other security enhancement consistent with the purpose of the California State Nonprofit Security Grant Program.
(c) An applicant shall not be granted an amount greater than two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000).
(d) The operation of the California State Nonprofit Security Grant Program is contingent upon an appropriation in the annual Budget Act for purposes of this section.
(e) The director shall adopt, as necessary, application procedures, forms, administrative guidelines, and other requirements for purposes of implementing and administering the California State Nonprofit Security Grant Program. All application procedures, forms, administrative guidelines, and other requirements developed by the director pursuant to this subdivision shall be exempt from the rulemaking provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code).
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