California set to be first state with extreme heat warning system under bills signed by Newsom
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A group of Republican state legislators is pushing legislation that will mandate heat warning system for all of California. The new law, which is expected to be signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, would be the first to require statewide extreme heat warnings for every weather forecast of the type provided by the U.S. National Weather Service.
It would also be the first of its kind in the nation, according to the California Legislative Information Office, which is tracking the state’s legislation on pending legislation.
With no local heat warnings and only a handful of statewide heat warnings, and with no statewide weather radio messages, the new law would be similar to the current system, giving residents the ability to call in warnings.
The California governor has already signed a similar state law to make weather warnings mandatory on California television, radio and Web broadcasts. State officials are hopeful that the new law will lead to more calls for statewide heat warnings.
“We need to make sure that we don’t have a statewide heat warning system that sends signals to thousands of Californians who may not have needed it this summer,” said Chris Carr, state director of the Pacific Legal Foundation, which is advocating for heat-related legislation in California, a member of the media’s “Banned News Network.”
But Republican state legislators have been pushing for a statewide heat warning system as well.
“We’re going to protect Californians from the dangerous heat