Legislative Action Center

The mission of EERI is to support individuals, communities and organizations with a common interest in reducing earthquake risk, and includes advocating for comprehensive and realistic measures for reducing the harmful effects of earthquakes. Our Legislative Action Center will keep members, partners, and allies updated on seismic safety legislation while providing opportunities to directly engage with the policymaking process.

The Public Policy and Advocacy Committee (PPA) also has a process for developing broader policy position statements. These Policy Statements are short white papers that can be used by EERI members to promote and encourage action by policymakers to reduce earthquake risk. For more information, view our Policy Statements here.

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Current Legislation

Oregon House Bill 2206 - State Safety Assessment Program

EERI Position: Support

HB 2206 : Development of a State Safety Assessment Program is a piece of Oregon legislation which calls for the development and administration of a state program to evaluate the condition and safety of buildings ("building tagging") following a state emergency. EERI believes in the importance of building tagging after earthquakes and supports this program which would allow the establishment of a robust and timely building tagging program. This program would be hosted under the State Fire Marshal which is the entity most prepared and willing to take on this effort. 

Oregon Residents! You can help by...

  1. Finding your legislators by CLICKING HERE
  2. Calling or emailing your representatives and urge them to support HB2206
    For details, please see EERI's official letter of support HERE [PDF].
    If you have questions about the bill's content or political context, please contact local member Jay Wilson (JayWilson@clackamas.us) who has been following the bill's development closely. 
  3. Letting us know you responded by filling out THIS QUICK FORM

EERI Position: Support

Bill Status  | Link to Oregon Legislature page

View EERI Letter of Support - HB 2206 [PDF]

Letters of support from other organizations:
Letter of Support from ASCE Oregon Section
Letter of support from AIA Member

Any questions can be directed to Policy@eeri.org

California Assembly Bill 429 - Vulnerable Building Inventory

California Assembly Bill 429 would amend existing law, establishing a program within all cities and all counties and portions thereof located within zones of high seismic activity, as defined, to identify all potentially hazardous buildings and to establish a mitigation program for these buildings. The mitigation program may include, among other things, the adoption by ordinance of a hazardous buildings program, measures to strengthen buildings, and the application of structural standards necessary to provide for life safety above current code requirements. This bill would declare the intention of the Legislature to enact legislation to implement an inventory of all seismically vulnerable buildings within California.

EERI Position: Support

Bill Status  | Link to California Legislature page

View EERI Letter of Support - AB 429 [PDF]
EERI letter of support for Assemblymember Gray

California Assembly Bill 393 - Functional Recovery
California Assembly Bill 393 is an update of AB 1857 from the last legislative session that EERI formally supported before it was vetoed by the Governor. The Governor cited overlap with a forthcoming NIST report in his veto, which we believe to have been a misunderstanding which has been since clarified.
 
Current California building codes uphold a life safety standard but don't take functional recovery into account. AB 393 would require the California Building Standards Commission to assemble a functional recovery working group to consider whether a “functional recovery” standard is warranted for all or some building occupancy classifications in the state and identify practical means of implementing this standard. EERI is named to this working group in the bill. AB 393 has the potential to improve seismic safety in California, and its goals are very closely aligned with both EERI's mission of earthquake risk reduction and our official policy position statement on Creating Earthquake-Resilient Communities

EERI Position: Support

Bill Status  | Link to California Legislature page

Link to EERI Position Letter

View EERI Letter of Support - 393 [PDF]
EERI letter of support for Assemblymember Chu

 

Archived Legislation

National Bills S.1768 // H.R. 6650 - NEHRP

These are two companion bills introduced first to the U.S. Senate (S.1768) and afterwards to the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R.6650). 

The bills amend the Earthquake Hazards Reduction Act of 1977 to expand activities under the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program to include: (1) gathering information on community resilience (i.e., the ability of a community to prepare for, recover from, and adapt to earthquakes); (2) publishing a systematic set of maps of active faults and folds, liquefaction susceptibility, susceptibility for earthquake-induced landslides, and other seismically induced hazards; and (3) continuing the development of the Advanced National Seismic System, including earthquake early warning capabilities.

With respect to earthquake hazard reduction activities, the bill revises or expands the duties of: (1) the Interagency Coordinating Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction, (2) the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), (3) the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), (4) the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and (5) the National Science Foundation.

EERI Position: Support

Outcome: Senate Bill (S.1768) passed both houses of congress and was signed into law by the President on Tuesday, December 11, 2018. 

Download EERI Template for H.R. 6650 (House of Representatives) [.docx]
Download,  fill out, and mail this template to voice your support

Download EERI Template for S. 1786 (for Senators) [.docx]
Download,  fill out, and mail this template to voice your support

View EERI Letter of Support - H.R. 6650 [PDF]
EERI letter of support for Congressman Dana Rohrabacher

View EERI Letter of Support - S.1768 [PDF]
EERI letter of support for Senator Diane Feinstein

View EERI Policy Position Statement - NEHRP
Link to EERI's page with NEHRP Position Statement

Bill Status - S.1768
Link to Congressional bill page

Bill Status - H.R.6650
Link to Congressional bill page

Find Your Representatives
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California Assembly Bill 2681 - Building Inventory

California Assembly Bill 2681 requires a statewide inventory of vulnerable buildings in California to be created and maintained. This bill would, upon the identification of funding by the Office of Emergency Services, require the building department of a city or county that meets specified requirements to create an inventory of potentially vulnerable buildings, as defined, within its jurisdiction, based on age and other publicly available information, and submit that inventory to the office, as specified. By increasing the duties of local officials, this bill would create a state-mandated local program. The bill would require the office to, among other things, maintain a statewide inventory, identify funding mechanisms to offset costs to building departments and building owners in complying with these provisions, and report to the Legislature on the number of potentially vulnerable buildings and compliance of building departments with these provisions. The bill would require the owner of a building identified by a building department as a potentially vulnerable building to retain a licensed professional engineer to identify whether the building meets the definition of a potentially vulnerable building, and provide a letter to the building department stating the licensed professional engineer’s findings. The bill would specify the date by which each requirement must be met.

The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. 

EERI Position: Support

Outcome: Vetoed by Governor Brown

Download EERI Template for Governor Brown (CA) [.docx]
Download,  fill out, and mail this template to voice your support

View Instructions for contacting Governor Brown by phone and email
Link to EERI page with instructions

View EERI Letter of Support - AB 2681 [PDF]
EERI letter of support for Governor Jerry Brown

View EERI Letter of Support - AB 2681 [PDF]
EERI letter of support for Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian

Bill Status
Link to California Legislature page

UPDATE: September 30, 2018:
Governor Brown has vetoed both pieces of seismic legislation (AB 1857 and AB 2681) authored by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian and supported by EERI. Thank you to all members in California who responded to our call to action by sending their own personal letters to Governor Brown. Click on the links to read the Governor's veto justification letters for AB 1857 and AB 2681.

California Assembly Bill 1857 – Building Codes

California Assembly Bill (AB) 1857 requires the investigation of a necessary “functional recovery” standard to be incorporated in the California Building Code for all or some building occupancy classifications in the state. EERI believes these enforceable building code provisions and regulations are an important step to improved seismic safety in California, and that providing these specific design and construction requirements will support California’s broader disaster resilience and mitigation goals in the future.

EERI Position: Support

Outcome: Vetoed by Governor Brown

Download EERI Template for Governor Brown (CA) [.docx]
Download,  fill out, and mail this template to voice your support

View Instructions for contacting Governor Brown by phone and email
Link to EERI page with instructions

View EERI Letter of Support - AB 1857 [PDF]
EERI letter of support for Governor Jerry Brown

View EERI Letter of Support [PDF]
EERI letter of support for Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian

Bill Status
Link to California Legislature page

UPDATE: September 30, 2018:
Governor Brown has vetoed both pieces of seismic legislation (AB 1857 and AB 2681)
 authored by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian and supported by EERI. Thank you to all members in California who responded to our call to action by sending their own personal letters to Governor Brown. Click on the links to read the Governor's veto justification letters for AB 1857 and AB 2681.