California lawmakers approve fire-risk reduction bill, AB 128

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California lawmakers approve fire-risk reduction bill, AB 128

California to require insurance discounts for property owners who reduce wildfire risk

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California lawmakers approved a wide-ranging bill on Tuesday that would offer property owners a $50,000 disaster-mitigation insurance coverage, and make it illegal to slash their insurance rates with fire-prevention measures in the face of a disaster.

The fire-risk reduction bill, AB 128, was approved 37 to 7, with every member of the state Assembly in support and the state Senate in favor as well.

“Fire safety is a core goal for [state lawmakers],” said state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento (via Twitter).

Photo courtesy of state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco

The bill now heads to the state Assembly and then the state Senate for approval, and if so, a signature from Governor Jerry Brown would be needed.

“Fire is one of the largest concerns that we face in California,” said Senate President Steinberg in the news release.

“This bill is a needed step forward in building on the progress we’ve made in recent years, which is why it has unanimous support by both parties,” added Brown in his statement.

It’s not clear how many companies will provide fire-risk reduction insurance, which would provide the state with a cash subsidy for those who purchase it — a practice that has previously been tried in Massachusetts, which has seen a number of companies come forth with offerings.

The bill currently has 21 co-author senators, including eight ‘no’ votes in the Assembly. No Senate co-author has been confirmed, but all the co-authors have stated their support for AB 128.

At a press conference on Tuesday, state Senator Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, said the legislation

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