SB 1432

  • California Senate Bill
  • 2023-2024 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Senate Feb 16, 2024
  • Senate
  • Assembly
  • Governor

Health facilities: seismic standards.

Abstract

(1) Existing law, the Alfred E. Alquist Hospital Facilities Seismic Safety Act of 1983, establishes, under the jurisdiction of the Office of Health Care Access and Information, a program of seismic safety building standards for certain hospitals constructed on and after March 7, 1973. Existing law requires that, by January 1, 2030, owners of these hospitals must either demolish, replace, or change to nonacute care use all hospital buildings that are not in compliance with these standards or seismically retrofit all acute care inpatient hospital buildings so they are in substantial compliance with these standards. This bill would revise the compliance deadline for these requirements from January 1, 2030, to January 1, 2038. The bill would also create an abeyance by which a rural hospital or critical access hospital, or both, will not be required to meet these requirements until adequate funding is made available to the hospital for purposes of attaining substantial compliance. The bill would impose specified requirements for a rural hospital or critical access hospital subject to an abeyance, including that a rural hospital or critical access hospital provide specified information to the State Department of Public Health no later than July 1, 2027, and would require the department to post and maintain on its internet website a list of rural hospitals and critical access hospitals that are subject to an abeyance. The bill would include definitions pertaining to these requirements. The bill would require the department, on or before January 1, 2026, to adopt regulations and standards or revise regulations and standards, or both, to extend the deadlines for meeting the structural performance and nonstructural performance requirements. The bill would specify that regulatory submissions made by the department to the California Building Standards Commission are deemed to be emergency regulations. The bill would require an owner of an acute care inpatient hospital that does not substantially comply with the seismic safety regulations or standards to submit a seismic compliance master plan, as specified, to the department by no later than January 1, 2027. The bill would require, among other things, the owner to annually update the department with any changes or adjustments to its seismic compliance master plan, and the department to post each seismic compliance master plan submitted on its internet website within 90 calendar days of receipt. The bill would require an acute care inpatient hospital with one or more specified hospital buildings to submit a Patient Alternate Care Sites and Transfer Plan to the department, as specified, by no later than January 1, 2026, to address continued care for the hospital's patients following a seismic event through alternate care sites on the hospital campus and other health care facilities. The bill would require the hospital to submit updates to the plan, if any, on an annual basis to the department, and would remove the requirement to submit annual updates as of the date the hospital no longer has one or more specified buildings. The bill would require, on or before July 1, 2028, the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development to submit to the director an analysis of each cost estimate submitted by an owner of specified hospital buildings. The bill would require the department to provide a report to the Legislature on or before January 1, 2029, with specified information. The bill would require the department, in consultation with the California Health Facilities Financing Authority, to submit a report to the Legislature on or before January 1, 2026, as specified. The bill would require the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development to convene a stakeholder workgroup on or before January 1, 2026, to facilitate input, as specified. The bill would require the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development to provide a report to the Legislature by July 1, 2026, detailing any findings and recommendations from the stakeholder workgroup. (2) Existing law requires the owner of specified hospital facilities whose building does not substantially comply with seismic safety regulations or standards to submit to the department an attestation that the board of directors of that hospital is aware the hospital building is required to meet the January 1, 2030, deadline for substantial compliance. Existing law requires, before January 1, 2024, the owner of an acute care inpatient hospital that includes a building that does not substantially comply with seismic safety regulations or standards to post in a lobby or waiting area generally accessible to patients or the public a notice provided by the department that the hospital is not in compliance with the seismic safety requirements the hospital is required to meet by January 1, 2030. Existing law requires, on or before January 1, 2024, and annually thereafter, the owner of an acute inpatient hospital that includes a building that does not substantially comply with seismic safety regulations or standards to provide an annual status update on the Structural Performance Category ratings of the buildings and the services provided in each hospital building on the hospital campus to specified entities until each of the hospital buildings owned by that hospital building owner is compliant. Existing law requires, by July 1 2, 2023, the department to develop the notice required to be posted to clearly convey to patients and the public that the hospital building does not meet seismic safety standards intended to ensure the hospital will be capable of continued operation following an earthquake. The bill would instead require, before January 1, 2026, the owner of specified hospital facilities whose building does not substantially comply with seismic safety regulations or standards to submit to the department an attestation that the board of directors of that hospital is aware the building is required to meet either the January 1, 2038, deadline, or a subsequent date that is applicable to a rural hospital or critical access hospital subject to an abeyance. The bill would require, before January 1, 2026, the owner of an acute care inpatient hospital that includes a building that does not substantially comply with the seismic safety regulations or standards to post in any lobby or waiting area generally accessible to patients or the public a specified notice. The bill would require the department to develop the notice before July 1, 2025. The bill would also require, on or before January 1, 2026, and annually thereafter, the owner to provide an annual status update, as specified. (3) The bill would specify that the provisions of this act are severable.

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Apr 18, 2024

Senate

From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on HEALTH.

  • Amendment-Passage
  • Committee-Passage
  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on HEALTH.

Apr 05, 2024

Senate

Set for hearing April 24.

Apr 03, 2024

Senate

Re-referred to Com. on HEALTH.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on HEALTH.

Mar 18, 2024

Senate

From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on RLS.

  • Amendment-Passage
  • Committee-Passage
  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on RLS.

Feb 29, 2024

Senate

Referred to Com. on RLS.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on RLS.

Feb 20, 2024

Senate

From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 18.

Feb 16, 2024

Senate

Introduced. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. To print.

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