Sacramento – Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation authored by Assemblywoman Sharon Runner (
Valley ) and co-authored by Senator George Runner (
Valley ) that will help ensure that
California is able to more rapidly provide assistance to disaster victims throughout the nation.
"I want to thank the Governor for his support on this issue," said Assemblywoman Sharon Runner. "We need to be ready at anytime to quickly mobilize equipment and personnel to respond to any crisis that may occur here in
California and beyond."
AB 823 ratifies the Federal Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). The EMAC was created by Congress in 1996 to streamline the exchange and coordination of emergency disaster responses between the states. AB 823 brings
California into the Compact that 48 states already belong to, easing the process whenever
California needs to call on them to help us respond to a major wildfire, earthquake or other disasters in California .
"The Governor’s signature on this legislation shows his continuing effort to provide for the needs of Californians and to help our fellow Americans when disaster strikes," said Senator George Runner. "It is too bad that this legislation couldn’t have been passed sooner."
Normally, legislation takes effect on January 1 of the year following the Governor’s signature. So that
California can be ready at any moment to receive from or provide to other states, AB 823 will take effect immediately.