Chapter 763 Oregon Laws 2005
Relating to seismic safety; appropriating money; and declaring an emergency.
Whereas the Seventy-first Legislative Assembly recognized that public buildings were at risk from seismic events; and
Whereas the Seventy-first Legislative Assembly adopted several measures relating to seismic safety for educational buildings, hospitals, fire stations and police stations; and
Whereas the people of the State of Oregon adopted Articles XI-M and XI-N of the Oregon Constitution at the November 5, 2002, general election for the purpose of allowing the state to incur indebtedness in the form of general obligation bonds for the planning and implementation of seismic rehabilitation of these public buildings; and
Whereas the purpose of this 2005 Act and Senate Bills 3, 4 and 5 (2005) is to assess specific needs, to provide for the issuance of bonds and to fund seismic rehabilitation; now, therefore,
Be It Enacted by the People of the State of Oregon:
SECTION 1. (1) The State Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, in consultation with the Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission, the Office of Emergency Management, the Department of Human Services, the State Board of Education, the State Board of Higher Education and any grant committee established pursuant to a statewide grant program for seismic rehabilitation, shall develop a statewide seismic needs assessment that includes seismic safety surveys of:
(a) Buildings that have a capacity of 250 or more persons and are routinely used for student activities by kindergarten through grade 12 public schools, community colleges and education service districts;
(b) Hospital buildings that contain an acute inpatient care facility;
(c) Fire stations; and
(d) Police stations, sheriffs’ offices and similar facilities used by state, county, district and municipal law enforcement agencies.
(2) The statewide seismic needs assessment shall consist of:
(a) Rapid visual screenings of the buildings specified in this section, conducted in accordance with the standards for rapid visual screening procedures established in “Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards: A Handbook,” FEMA-154, 2002 Edition, or an equivalent standard adopted by the State Department of Geology and Mineral Industries;
(b) The ranking of the rapid visual screening results in risk categories based on need, importance of the building to the community, risk to the building posed by its location, risk posed to the community by the collapse of the building during a seismic event, projected cost of the necessary seismic rehabilitation and other categories determined necessary by the State Department of Geology and Mineral Industries; and
(c) The development of geographic information system (GIS) databases of survey data and the sharing of that data with interested parties.
(3) The statewide seismic needs assessment may include:
(a) Rapid visual screenings conducted by entities or persons other than the State Department of Geology and Mineral Industries;
(b) Questionnaires or other information gathering techniques to supplement the rapid visual screening and aid in the ranking of rapid visual screening results in risk categories; and
(c) Training for persons interested in conducting rapid visual screenings.
SECTION 2. The statewide seismic needs assessment specified in section 1 of this 2005 Act shall be completed by July 1, 2007.
SECTION 3. In addition to and not in lieu of any other appropriation, there is appropriated to the State Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, for the biennium beginning July 1, 2005, out of the General Fund, the amount of $500,000, which may be expended for conducting the statewide seismic needs assessment specified in section 1 of this 2005 Act.
SECTION 4. Sections 1 and 2 of this 2005 Act are repealed on January 2, 2008.
SECTION 5. This 2005 Act being necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health and safety, an emergency is declared to exist, and this 2005 Act takes effect on its passage.
Approved by the Governor August 23, 2005
Filed in the office of Secretary of State August 23, 2005
Effective date August 23, 2005