2005 California Government Code Sections 8575-8582 Article 4. California Emergency Council

GOVERNMENT CODE
SECTION 8575-8582

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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