With passage of the Seismic Safety Act in 1975 the Seismic Safety Commission was established to advise the Governor, Legislature, and state and local governments on ways to reduce earthquake risk.
The Commission investigates earthquakes, researches earthquake-related issues and reports, and recommends to the Governor and Legislature policies and programs needed to reduce earthquake risk. Among the duties of the Commission are:
- Managing California's Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program
- Reviewing seismic activities funded by the State
- Providing a consistent policy direction for earthquake-related programs for agencies at all government levels
- Proposing and reviewing earthquake-related legislation
- Conducting public hearings on seismic safety issues
- Recommending earthquake safety programs to governmental agencies and the private sector
- Investigating and evaluating earthquake damage and reconstruction efforts following damaging earthquakes.