Where are they now? – Streetsblog California
The California legislature is currently in summer recess, and when lawmakers return in early August, they will have a month to deal with all unfinished business from this two-year session, which officially ends on August 31.
Here are some of the bills awaiting their fate. Most are waiting in their final committee, the “other” house appropriations committee, and while some have a hearing date set, these committees tend to keep discussions to a minimum – or eliminate them altogether.
Senate Appropriations, with a hearing date set for August 1 at 10 a.m.:
Assemblyman Chris Holden’s AB 1919that would create a free statewide transit pass for students.
Assembly Member Buffy Wicks AB 455, is seeking to speed up bus service over the Bay Bridge, a major bottleneck for travel in the Bay Area. It started with the ambitious goal of creating dedicated bus lanes, but was reduced to requiring a goal to establish speed and reliability performance targets, with suggested strategies for achieving them. This bill has been placed in the Senate’s appropriations “waiting file”, which means that it is not given a hearing date, but could pass or pass or pass by being ignored.
Assembly Member Tasha Boerner Horvath’s AB 1713, which would allow cyclists to treat stop signs as “give way” signs. To overcome previous objections and the reason given by Governor Newsom for vetoing a similar bill last year, the bill was amended to apply only to people over the age of 18. In other words, young people will always have to come to a complete stop at each stop sign.
Assemblyman Phil Ting’s AB 2147a second attempt to decriminalize jaywalking in California, has been in the Senate appropriations “waiting file” since April.
Assemblyman Richard Bloom’s AB 2264, which would require signage improvement projects to incorporate a primary pedestrian interval. This bill has also been on the docket of the Appropriations Committee since April.
Assemblyman Laura Friedman’s Omnibike Bill AB 1909includes provisions to clarify when e-bikes are allowed on cycle lanes, which cyclists are allowed to use pedestrian-in-lead intervals and gets rid of local bicycle licensing requirements, sits in the credits.
Member of the Friedman’s Assembly AB 2438which, in line with its work AB 285, seeks to demand that transport investments align with climate policies.
Member of the Friedman’s Assembly BA 2097which would eliminate minimum parking requirements for homes built near public transportation.
Member of the Jones-Sawyer’s Assembly BA 371who CalBike dubbed it the ‘kill bike-share bill’ because it would impose insurance requirements on scooter and bike-sharing companies that go beyond what is required for passenger car owners.
Member of the Friedman’s Assembly FY 1938, which continues its work to redefine and clarify how the state sets speed limits, adds a little extra refinement as Caltrans is allowed to lower speed limits a bit. This bill is in the appropriations committee, but without an official hearing date set.
In the Assembly’s Appropriations Committee, with a hearing date set for August 3 at 9 a.m.:
by Senator Josh Newman SB 942which sought to create a program of free or reduced transit fares, and now simply eliminates the requirement that a transit agency somehow prove that the maintenance of a free program existing would reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
by Senator Nancy Skinner SB 878that would create a statewide program to provide school buses to all K-12 students.
by Senator Josh Becker SB 917that would require Bay Area transit agencies to work together to create a seamless experience for transit riders on and between their systems, including consistent fares and transfer payments, mapping and standardized signaling and open data systems.
by Senator Anthony Portantino SB 457which would offer income tax credits to households with few or no cars, to encourage people to adopt a “light” car.
of Senator Portantino SB 932which requires general city plans to include and plan for a “balanced multi-modal transportation system”, including traffic calming and planning for cycling and walking.
by Senator Scott Wiener SB 260the Climate Corporation Accountability Act, which would require large corporations doing business in California to track and report their greenhouse gas emissions.
The following bills are a little further along in the process:
by Senator Scott Wiener SB 922, which would extend an existing exemption from California’s Environmental Quality Act for projects that increase and encourage active and sustainable transportation, is awaiting a vote in the Assembly, after which it will move to the Senate for a concurring vote. He easily passed all the votes of the commissions and the prosecutor’s offices so far.
Assemblyman Boerner Horvath’s FY 1946, which would require the California Highway Patrol to establish state standards and training programs for the safe operation of e-bikes, has passed the Senate. It will have to be again adopted by the Assembly before being sent for the Governor’s signature. This one easily passed all his votes.
Assemblyman Alex Lee’s AB 2206 was initially intended to bolster “parking reimbursement programs” that require employers who provide free parking to offer a similar cash subsidy to employees who choose not to drive to work. It was reduced to simply require employers to keep a record that they informed employees of the cash benefit. This is currently awaiting a vote in the Senate, after which it would return to the Assembly for approval.
These bills are dead for this session:
Assembly Member Cristina Garcia AB 1778who allegedly stopped Caltrans from investing in projects to widen freeways through communities affected by pollution and displacement, was killed on the Senate Appropriations Committee: read more about this Streetsblog article.
Assemblyman Laura Friedman’s AB 2336who would create a pilot program to test speed cameras in certain cities, died in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.