2005 California Government Code Sections 8575-8582 Article 4. California Emergency CouncilGOVERNMENT CODE
8575. There is hereby created a California Emergency Council, to consist of the following: (a) The Governor, or an alternate appointed by him; (b) The Lieutenant Governor, or an alternate appointed by him; (c) The Attorney General, or an alternate appointed by him; (d) One representative of the city governments of the state and one representative of the county governments of the state, to be appointed by the Governor and to serve at his pleasure, provided these members shall be from different counties; (e) One representative of the American National Red Cross, to be appointed by the Governor; (f) One representative of the city or county fire services of the state and one representative of the city or county law enforcement services of the state, to be appointed by the Governor and to serve at his pleasure, provided these members shall be from different counties. The President pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the Assembly shall meet with and participate in the work of the Emergency Council to the same extent as members of the council appointed by the Governor, excepting when such participation is constitutionally incompatible with their respective positions as Members of the Legislature. If the President pro Tempore of the Senate does not desire to serve on the Emergency Council, the Senate Rules Committee may appoint a Member of the Senate to serve in his stead. If the Speaker of the Assembly does not desire to serve on the Emergency Council, he may appoint a Member of the Assembly to serve in his stead. 8576. The Governor shall be ex officio Chairman of the Emergency Council. 8577. Neither the members of the Emergency Council nor the Members of the Legislature shall receive compensation for their services under this chapter, but they shall be reimbursed for their actual and necessary expenses incurred in connection with their duties hereunder. 8578. The Emergency Council shall meet upon call of the Governor, not less frequently than annually. Except during a state of war emergency or a state of emergency, notice of such meeting shall be given to each member not less than 15 days prior to the day selected by the Governor for the meeting of the Emergency Council. 8579. It shall be the duty of the Emergency Council, and it is hereby empowered, to act as an advisory body to the Governor in times of emergency and with reference thereto in order to minimize the effects of such occurrences by recommending ameliorative action. The powers and duties of the Emergency Council shall include the following: (a) To consider, recommend, and approve orders and regulations which are within the province of the Governor to promulgate; (b) To consider and recommend to the Governor for approval the boundaries of such mutual aid regions of the state as may be designated; (c) To recommend to the Governor the assignment of any responsibility, service, or activity relative to emergencies or emergency planning to a state agency having duties related to such responsibility, service, or activity; (d) To consider and recommend the creation by the Governor of advisory committees in order to make civilian participation and cooperation in emergency planning and activities available to the state; (e) To consider and recommend the expenditures of moneys appropriated for any of the objectives or purposes of this chapter; (f) To consider and recommend to the Governor for approval a State Emergency Plan built around mutual aid and the integration into such plan of the several state agencies whose resources are necessary in coping with emergencies; (g) To certify the accredited status of local disaster councils; (h) To encourage the development and maintenance of emergency plans based on mutual aid, whereunder political subdivisions may most effectively protect life and property and mitigate other effects of emergencies; (i) To evaluate and report to the Governor on state communications systems with particular regard to their adequacy in case of emergency. 8580. The Emergency Council shall establish by rule and regulation various classes of disaster service workers and the scope of the duties of each class. The Emergency Council shall also adopt rules and regulations prescribing the manner in which disaster service workers of each class are to be registered. All of the rules and regulations shall be designed to facilitate the payment of workers' compensation. 8581. At any time when the Emergency Council is not meeting the Governor may certify the accredited status of local disaster councils, subject to the requirements of Section 8612. Such certification shall be final for all purposes, subject to the power of the Emergency Council to set aside such certification and exercise the authority granted to it by this chapter. At each meeting of the Emergency Council, the Governor shall report to it any action taken by him pursuant to this section subsequent to its last meeting. 8582. Nothing herein shall operate to prevent the Governor from establishing a committee or board composed of heads of state agencies, should he deem it necessary to aid him or the Emergency Council or both in obtaining information or advice, assisting in developing or carrying out plans, or otherwise acting in accomplishment of the purposes of this chapter.
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