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SB 336: Notice of COVID State and Local Guidance

New bill helps ensure local communities are aware of any changes to the state or local public health orders

By Chris Micheli, October 5, 2021 10:05 am

On October 4, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Senate Bill 336 by Sen. Rosilicie Ochoa-Bogh (R-Rancho Cucamonga). SB 336 adds and repeals Chapter 1.5 (commencing with Section 120120) of Part 1 of Division 105 of the Health and Safety Code. As an urgency measure, it took effect immediately upon signature by the Governor.

In Section One of the bill, it adds Chapter 1.5 (commencing with Section 120120) to Part 1 of Division 105 of the Health and Safety Code. Chapter 1.5 is called “COVID-19-Related Public Health Orders or Mandatory Guidance.”

When the Department of Public Health (DPH) issues a statewide order or mandatory guidance related to preventing the spread of COVID-19 or protecting public health against a threat of COVID-19, DPH must:

  • Publish on its internet website the order or mandatory guidance and the date that the order or mandatory guidance takes effect.
  • Create an opportunity for local communities, businesses, nonprofit organizations, individuals, and others to sign up for an email distribution list relative to changes to the department’s order or mandatory guidance.

Similarly, when a when a local health officer issues a jurisdiction-wide local order that is not in conflict with state law or with orders or mandatory guidance issued related to preventing the spread of COVID-19 or protecting public health against a threat of COVID-19, the local health officer must:

  • Publish on its internet website the order or mandatory guidance and the date that the order or mandatory guidance takes effect.
  • Create an opportunity for local communities, businesses, nonprofit organizations, individuals, and others to sign up for an email distribution list relative to changes to the department’s order or mandatory guidance.

In terms of this chapter’s repeal, this chapter “remains operative while an order or mandatory guidance issued by the department or a local health officer is in effect, and this chapter shall be repealed as of January 1 following the date that no order or mandatory guidance described in this chapter is in effect.”

According to the urgency clause, the measure must go into effect immediately “In order to provide notice to employers, employees, and businesses of the necessary measures to protect public health, so that proper protocols may be implemented to ensure the safe and robust functioning of the economy and labor markets during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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7 thoughts on “SB 336: Notice of COVID State and Local Guidance

  1. How about amending the governor’s emergency powers and requiring a full legislature vote to extend it after 30 days? And every 30 days thereafter. When the governor can bankrupt small businesses due to his lockdowns, cause students to die due to his vaccine mandates, the legislature needs to be part of the decision so that voters can hold them ALL responsible.

  2. This is just institutionalizing Covid.
    Dont forget people – at the very beginning of this fiasco democrats – Newsom, Biden – declared the pandemic gave them an opportunity to institute a new form of government. Well look what has happened in the last 18 months. You like this new form of government yet?
    Continuing to pass Covid legislation is just a sad attempt to keep their doom and gloom narrative in the spotlight.

  3. We certainly want to immediately know the latest decrees from Gavin the First and his “health” czars.

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