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9121-16. Severability.
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If any section, subsection, sentence, clause, phrase, or word of this chapter or its application is for any reason held to be invalid or unconstitutional by a decision of any court of competent jurisdiction, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this chapter. The Board of Supervisors hereby declares that it would have passed this chapter and each and every section, subsection, sentence, clause, phrase, and word not declared invalid or unconstitutional without regard to whether any other portion of this chapter would be subsequently declared invalid or unconstitutional. To this end, the provisions of this chapter, and each of them, are severable.

Furthermore, should any provision herein place Federal funding for County services at risk due to an act of Federal or State of California legislature, a court order, ruling, or decision, or a standing Federal executive order, said provision shall be deemed invalid until such law, order, ruling, or decision remains in effect and so long as it is upheld by the State or Federal courts.

Should the issue arise, documentation of the Federal or State action or imperative which is brought to the attention of the Board of Supervisors shall be presented to County Counsel for evaluation and recommendation. The Office of County Counsel shall immediately contact the authorities or origin or their legal representation for clarification as to which provisions herein place the County in jeopardy of the loss of Federal or State funding for any of its programs, and shall request written direction to address the funding risk. The Board of Supervisors shall then receive the documentation and recommendations of County Counsel and act in the best interests of the County balancing the interests addressed by this chapter with the conflicting interests. Any such decision to nullify or limit this chapter shall be revoked upon information that the law, order, or ruling has been reversed, overturned, repealed, or otherwise rendered legally moot. (Ord. 2618, § 1, 12/11/2018)

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