SACRAMENTO — Today, more than 50 diverse members of Action for Wildfire Resiliency representing labor, business, public safety, environmental, seniors and community groups submitted a letter to the State Assembly urging them to approve AB 1054 (Holden, Mayes, Burke) prior to legislative break.
“Thanks to the Governor’s continued leadership and the Senate’s 31-7 approval of AB 1054, we are now much closer to establishing clear rules and accountability to help the state better prevent, prepare for, respond to and rebuild from catastrophic wildfires, ” said coalition spokesperson Robin Swanson.
“There is a growing consensus that the cost of inaction is too great. We urge the Assembly to pass AB 1054 before legislative break.”
Below are excerpts from the letter:
- “Climate-driven wildfires are the new normal in California. It is not a question of if another catastrophic wildfire hits, but when.”
- “State laws and regulations dealing with fire prevention, accountability and recovery are outdated. Without immediate action, we face the risk of more utility bankruptcies, rising energy costs and a compromised electric system.”
- “AB 1054 is the product of months of research, expert input, and public hearings overseen by Governor Newson’s Wildfire Strikeforce and the Commission on Catastrophic Wildfire Cost and Recovery.”
AB 1054 will:
- Hold the state’s investor-owned electric utilities accountable for completing their wildfire mitigation plans to harden utility infrastructure, clear vegetation and invest in state-of the art weather monitoring.
- Require electric utilities and their shareholders to pay if a utility’s misconduct contributes to a fire.
- Protect victims and communities struck by wildfires by ensuring adequate resources to rebuild when fires do occur.
To learn more about Action for Wildfire Resiliency, visit: https://www.wildfireaction.com