SACRAMENTO –Action for Wildfire Resiliency is encouraged that proposed legislation released today by the Governor and Legislative leaders includes meaningful reforms that align with the coalition’s policy principles and establish clear rules and accountability for cost allocation and the creation of a wildfire fund to help victims rebuild.
The following quote can be attributed to Robin Swanson, Action for Wildfire Resiliency:
“We are encouraged by this progress. This proposed legislation appears to align closely with our coalition’s policy principles including the need to enact meaningful reforms that establish clear rules and accountability for wildfire cost allocation and the establishment of a wildfire fund to help victims rebuild.
“We applaud the months of hard work by the SB 901 Commission and Governor Newsom’s Wildfire Strike Force that helped shape the content of this legislation. We hope the legislature recognizes that it is critical reforms are enacted before the next wildfire and before summer break. The consequences to Californians and future wildfire victims are far greater if we go into the summer months without a clear framework to address the reality of the state’s heightened wildfire risk.
“A recent statewide public opinion survey confirmed that voters are concerned that current laws are outdated and failure to act will increase their electric utility bills.”
Action for Wildfire Resiliency supports:
• Enhanced prevention with clear accountability
• Increased investment in emergency response and preparedness
• Adequate investment in skilled workers, and
• A fiscally responsible approach to recovery—establishment of a Wildfire Recovery Fund
To learn more about Action for Wildfire Resiliency and our policy principles, visit: https://wildfireaction.com