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Runner Signs On To Increasing Local Control Over Group Homes

Legislation would allow cities to adopt local ordinances.

Today Assemblywoman Sharon Runner (R-Lancaster) signed on to legislation that would allow cities to adopt local ordinances to apply to those homes or facilities not regulated by the state. "This is a common sense measure that addresses a big problem many communities throughout the state have with group homes," Runner said. "Slipping through the cracks because of a loophole in current state regulations is simply unacceptable.  That is why I am signing on as a joint author of AB 2184, so our local communities can have a say when the state will not step up to help."

The bill, AB 2184, will clarify state law and make clear the right of cities to regulate six bed and under facilities.  Because six bed and under facilities are not subject to regulation or licensing by the state they oftentimes slip through the cracks and degrade into deplorable conditions which threaten the health and safety of our communities. They also are often placed into inappropriate locations within certain communities. Commonly referred to as "parolee homes" these 6 bed and under facilities often are the subject of many safety concerns within communities. AB 2184 makes clear a cities' ability to adopt local ordinances through conditional use permits dealing with health and safety standards applicable to residential homes that are not subject to licensure by the state.The legislation was introduced by Assemblyman Russ Bogh (R- Beaumont).

"The existence of these homes, that pose a legitimate threat to our communities and go completely unregulated, is simply unfair," Bogh said. "It's unfair to our children, our families and our communities.  I am glad to have Sharon Runner sign on as a joint author to help pass this important legislation out of the Senate."

"This bill makes a very simple change to code, yet it will have a huge impact on our communities in the High Desert if passed," Runner continued. "Group homes have been a scourge on the High Desert and current law has left our cities powerless to deal with many of the issues with group homes. AB 2184 will give them more control over these homes that slip through the cracks. I look forward to working with Russ to pass this critical piece of legislation."