Jackson Reappointed Chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management

February 16, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) has just been reappointed chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management, a bicameral committee that provides oversight of state disaster planning, response and recovery, by California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles).

“As California faces the Oroville dam spillway emergency, the continuing threat of earthquakes, fires, floods, climate change, cyberattacks and other 21st century threats, as well as a drought that continues in my community despite flooding elsewhere, it’s more important than ever that our emergency planning is ready for these challenges. I am looking forward to continuing this work on the important issues facing this state,” Jackson said.

The chair and vice-chair positions rotate every two years between the Senate and Assembly. For the last two years, Jackson has served as vice-chair of the Joint Committee, and two years prior to that, she served as chair. Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) has recently been appointed vice-chair of the Joint Committee.

Prior hearings have been held on counterterrorism, pandemics, fires, seismic risk, climate change, power outages and other issues.

Jackson represents the 19th Senate District, which includes all of Santa Barbara County and western Ventura County.