Bill Text: CA AB540 | 2013-2014 | Regular Session | Amended


Bill Title: Reporting and tracking of violent deaths.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Engrossed - Dead) 2013-08-30 - In committee: Held under submission. [AB540 Detail]

Download: California-2013-AB540-Amended.html
BILL NUMBER: AB 540	AMENDED
	BILL TEXT

	AMENDED IN SENATE  JUNE 18, 2013
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  MAY 24, 2013
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  APRIL 29, 2013
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  APRIL 9, 2013

INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member Pan

                        FEBRUARY 20, 2013

   An act to add Article 3 (commencing with Section 131230) to
Chapter 2 of Part 1 of Division 112 of the Health and Safety Code,
relating to public health.



	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   AB 540, as amended, Pan. Reporting and tracking of violent deaths.

   Existing law establishes the State Department of Public Health,
which is responsible for various programs relating to the health and
safety of people in the state, including licensing health facilities,
regulating food and drug safety, and monitoring and preventing
communicable and chronic diseases.
   This bill would authorize the department to establish and maintain
the California Electronic Violent Death Reporting System. The bill
would further authorize the department to collect data on violent
deaths, as specified, contract with  county health
departments   counties  to collect certain data,
and apply for grants to implement these provisions. The bill would
also make related legislative findings and declarations.
   Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes.
State-mandated local program: no.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  SECTION 1.  The Legislature finds and declares all of the
following:
   (a) Information and data regarding violent deaths can help provide
states and communities with a clearer understanding of violent
deaths and therefore lead to better prevention of violent deaths.
   (b) According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC), in the United States, violence accounts for
approximately 51,000 deaths annually. Violent deaths result from the
intentional use of physical force or power against oneself, another
person, or a group or community, and include suicide, homicide, and
legal intervention deaths. Violence adversely affects all Americans,
not only through premature death, but also through medical costs and
lost productivity.
   (c) The CDC further notes that the cost of these deaths totaled
$47.2 billion: $47 billion in work loss costs and $215 million in
medical treatment.
   (d) In 2002, the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS)
was established as a surveillance system that pulls together data on
violent deaths. NVDRS collects information from death certificates,
coroner or medical examiner reports, police reports, and crime
laboratories.
   (e) NVDRS data informs decisionmakers and program planners about
the magnitude, trends, and characteristics of violent deaths in a
particular state or community so appropriate prevention efforts can
be identified and implemented, and the data facilitates the
evaluation of state-based prevention programs and strategies.
   (f) According to NVDRS, a national system will allow the CDC to
provide information for every state to inform their prevention
efforts. It will also ensure enhanced information on the national
scope of the problem of violent deaths is available to monitor and
track trends and to inform national efforts.
  SEC. 2.  Article 3 (commencing with Section 131230) is added to
Chapter 2 of Part 1 of Division 112 of the Health and Safety Code, to
read:

      Article 3.  Electronic Violent Death Reporting System


   131230.  (a) The department may establish and maintain the
California Electronic Violent Death Reporting System.
   (b) The department may collect data on violent deaths as reported
from data sources, including, but not limited to, death certificates,
law enforcement reports, and coroner or medical examiner reports.
   (c) The department may contract with  county health
departments   counties  to collect the data
specified in subdivision (b).
   (d) The department may apply for grants provided under the
National Violent Death Reporting System of the federal Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention for purposes of implementing this
section.
   (e) The department may accept private or foundation moneys to
implement this section.
   (f) Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit data
sources that the department may collect, which may include any public
agency document that may contain data on violent deaths.
                                            
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