State Legislation

SPONSOR BILL

 

BILL NO. / AUTHOR

 

COMMENTARY

 

STATUS

 

OCTA POSITION / OTHER AGENCY POSITIONS

AB 401 (Daly-D)

State Highway Route 405

Authorizes the Orange County Transportation Authority to utilize the design-build procurement for the Interstate 405 Improvement Project. Requires the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to provide construction inspection services and safety oversight.

INTRODUCED: 02/15/2013
LAST AMEND: 05/20/2013
LOCATION: Senate

STATUS: 05/24/2013 In ASSEMBLY. Read third time. Passed Assembly. To Senate

SPONSOR
(partial list):
Support: Professional Engineers in California Government (co-sponsor), Automobile Club of Southern California, Orange County Business Council

Oppose: Associated Builders and Contractors of California, Air Conditioning Trade Association, Western Electrical Contractors Association, American Council of Engineering Companies of California


BILLS WITH POSITIONS

 AB 14
 (Lowenthal – D)

State Freight Plan    

Requires the Transportation Agency  to prepare a state freight plan with specified elements to govern the immediate and long-range planning activities and capital investments of the state with respect to the movement of freight. Such elements include the identification of significant freight trends, needs, and issues, a description of the freight policies, strategies, and performance measures that will guide freight-related transportation investment decisions, as well as an inventory of facilities with freight mobility issues, such as truck bottlenecks in the state and a description of the strategies the state is employing to address these mobility issues. AB 14 will also require the agency to establish a freight advisory committee.

INTRODUCED: 12/03/2012
LAST AMEND: 05/06/2013
LOCATION: Senate

STATUS: 05/28/2013. Read third time. Passed Assembly. To Senate

SUPPORT

Support: Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Riverside County Transportation Commission

Support (in concept):  Southern California Association of Governments, San Bernardino Associated Governments, League of California Cities

Support if Amended: South Coast Air Quality Management District

AB 179
(Bocanegra- D)

Electronic Transit Fare Collection Systems

Makes provisions of existing law including the collection and discarding of personal information, and the prohibition from selling information collected by a transportation agency, applicable to a transportation agency that employs an electronic transit fare collection system for payment of transit fares. Requires transportation agencies that obtain personally identifiable information of a person from electronic toll collection or electronic transit fare collection systems to make every effort to purge account information of an account that is closed or terminated. The bill also prohibits a transportation agency from maintain personal information more than four years and six months after the date an account is closed or terminated. Lastly, AB 179 permits the sharing of data between transportation agencies for the purpose of interoperability between those agencies.

INTRODUCED: 01/24/2013
LAST AMEND: 04/24/2013
LOCATION: Senate

STATUS: 05/24/2013 In ASSEMBLY. Read third time. Passed Assembly. To Senate

NEUTRAL
(Position taken on 05/09/2013)

OPPOSE UNLESS  AMENDED (Position taken on 04/18/2013)


AB 266
 (Blumenfield – D)

Vehicles:
High-Occupancy Vehicle Lanes

Existing law, until January 1, 2015, allows single-occupant users of certain low emission vehicles to ride on high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes free of charge, as well as on high-occupancy vehicle lanes (HOV), if the vehicle is marked by a designated decal. This bill would extend the operation of those provisions to January 1, 2018,  for vehicles that meet the state’s enhanced advanced technology partial zero-emission  vehicle (PZEV) standard, and to January 1, 2020 for vehicles that meet the state’s super ultra-low emission vehicle (SULEV) standard for exhaust emissions.

INTRODUCED: 02/07/2013
LAST AMEND: 04/09/2013
LOCATION: Senate

STATUS: 05/20/2013 In ASSEMBLY. Read third time. Passed Assembly. To Senate

OPPOSE

Support: California Electric Coalition, CALSTART, Honda North America Inc.

 

OPPOSE: Riverside County Transportation Commission

AB 417 (Frazier – D)

California Environmental Quality Act

AB 417 would, until January 1, 2018, exempt from California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) a bicycle transportation plan for an urbanized area. Would also require a local agency that determines that the bicycle transportation plan is exempt under this provision and approves or determines to carry out that project. The bill also deletes the requirement that a notice of determination be filed with the Office of Planning  and Research (OPR). 

INTRODUCED: 02/15/2013
LAST AMEND: 04/18/2013
LOCATION: Senate Environmental Quality Committee

STATUS: 05/09/2013 To Senate Committee on Environmental Quality

SUPPORT
Support: Los Angeles County Metropolitan  Transportation Authority (LA Metro), Metropolitan Transportation Commission

Oppose: Sierra Club

AB 431 (Mullin - D)

Transportation: Sustainable Communities: Funding

This bill would authorize a metropolitan planning organization (MPO) to impose a transactions and use tax within its jurisdiction upon approval of an ordinance and subject to voter approval. The bill would require the ordinance to contain an expenditure plan, with not less than 25 percent of available net revenues to be spent on transportation, affordable housing, and parks and open space, in conformity with the sustainable communities strategy (SCS), with the remaining net available revenues to be spent for purposes determined by the transportation planning agency to help attain the goals of the SCS. AB 431 would require the ordinance and expenditure plan to impose the tax be submitted to the voters for approval as well as approved by 2/3 of the governing board of the transportation planning agency.

INTRODUCED: 02/15/2013
LAST AMEND: 04/15/2013

STATUS: 04/15/2013 In ASSEMBLY. Read Second time and amended.  Re-referred to Assembly Committee on Transportation

 

OPPOSE

Support: Center for Sustainable Neighborhoods, Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California, Greenbelt Alliance

Oppose: CalTax, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

AB 466
(Quirk-Silva –D)

Federal Transportation Funds

Requires Caltrans to allocate federal transportation funds to regional agencies under the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program based on a weighted formula that considers population and pollution in a given area.

INTRODUCED: 02/19/2013
LAST AMEND: 03/14/2013
LOCATION: Senate Transportation and Housing Committee

STATUS: 05/23/2013 To Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing

SUPPORT

Support: Rural County Representatives of California

AB 487 (Linder – R)

Vehicles: Confidential Home Address

Requires a person who requests the confidentiality of his or her home address to provide the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) with a current employment address for purposes of processing service and collection of a traffic, parking, or toll road violation. Requires the applicable statutory time period for processing the service and collection of such violations be tolled until the department provides the law enforcement agency, the governmental agency, or issuing agency with the person's current employment address.

INTRODUCED: 02/19/2013
LOCATION: Assembly Transportation Committee

STATUS: 03/14/2013 To Assembly Committee on  Transportation

SUPPORT IF AMENDED (Position taken on 03/25/2013)

 

SUPPORT (position taken on 03/21/2013)

AB 574           
(Lowenthal – D)

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund: Sustainable Communities

Requires the ARB to establish standards for the use of moneys allocated in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund for sustainable communities projects. Requires the board to establish the criteria for the development and implementation of regional grant programs. Requires the California Transportation Commission (CTC) to designate the regional granting authority within each region of the state to administer the allocated moneys for regional grant programs.

INTRODUCED: 02/20/2013
LAST AMEND: 04/15/2013
LOCATION: Assembly Appropriations  Committee

STATUS: 05/24/2013 In Assembly Committee on Appropriations: Held in committee

SUPPORT IF AMENDED

(partial list)
Support: California Association of Councils of Governments, California Transit Association, California Transportation Commission, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Riverside Transit Agency, Self-Help Counties Coalition, San Diego Association of Governments

Oppose California Chamber of Commerce, California Taxpayers Association, Western State Petroleum Association, California League of Food Processors

SCA 4 (Liu– D)

Local Government Transportation Project: Voter Approval

Proposes an amendment to the Constitution to provide that the imposition, extension, or increase of a special tax by a city, county, or special district for the purpose of providing funding for local transportation projects requires the approval of 55 percent of voters voting on the proposition, instead of the 2/3 required under current law.  Propositions under SCA 4 would be required to contain a specific list of programs and purposes that the taxes collected would fund, a requirement for an annual independent audit  of the tax proceeds that are collected and expended, and requires the creation of a citizens’ oversight committee to review all  expenditures and financial audits. Lastly, SCA 4 would also prohibit a local government from expending any revenues derived from a transportation tax that  was approved under the 55 percent voter threshold at any time prior to the completion of a statutorily identified capital project funded by revenues derived from another special tax of the same local government  that was approved under the 2/3 voter threshold.

INTRODUCED: 12/03/2012
LAST AMEND: 05/21/2013
LOCATION: Senate Transportation and Housing Committee

STATUS: 05/29/2013 Re-referred to Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing

OPPOSE

Support: Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, California Transit Association, Self-Help Counties, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, LA Metro, Ventura County Transportation Commission

Oppose: Apartment Association California Southern Cities, Apartment Association of Orange County, Associated Builders and Contractors of California

SCA 8 (Corbett – D)

Transportation Projects: Special Taxes: Voter Approval

Proposes an amendment to the Constitution to provide that the imposition, extension, or increase of a special tax by a city, county, or special district for the purpose of providing funding for local transportation projects requires the approval of 55 percent of voters voting on the proposition, instead of the 2/3 required under current law. Propositions under SCA 8 would be required to contain a specific list of programs and purposes that the taxes collected would fund, a requirement for an annual independent audit  of the tax proceeds that are collected and expended, and requires the creation of a citizens’ oversight committee to review all  expenditures and financial audits.

INTRODUCED: 12/14/2012
LAST AMEND: 05/21/2013
LOCATION: Senate Governance and Finance Committee

STATUS: 05/29/2013 Re-referred to Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing

OPPOSE

Support: California Transit Association, Self-Help Counties, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, LA Metro

Oppose: Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, California Taxpayers Association, California Chamber of Commerce

SCA 11 (Hancock – D)

Local Government: Special Taxes: Voter Approval

Proposes an amendment to the Constitution to condition the imposition, extension, or increase of a special tax by city, county, or special district upon the approval of 55 percent of the voters voting on the proposition, instead of the 2/3 required under current law. Propositions under SCA 11 would be required to contain a specific list of programs and purposes that the taxes collected would fund, a requirement for an annual independent audit  of the tax proceeds that are collected and expended, and requires the creation of a citizens’ oversight committee to review all  expenditures and financial audits.

INTRODUCED: 01/25/2013
LAST AMEND: 05/21/2013
LOCATION: Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee

STATUS: 05/21/2013 In SENATE. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Committee on Elections and Constitutional Amendments

OPPOSE

Support: Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH)

Oppose: CalTax, CalChamber, American Council of Engineering Companies, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association