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Sidewalk Bill Moves; Bus Weight Bill Significantly Amended

July 3, 2012

AB 2231 (Fuentes) and AB 1706 (Eng) were heard in the Senate today.


AB 2231 (Fuentes), a bill on sidewalk repairs which would set a terrible precedent on local control, was passed in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee today with a 5-1 vote. The League is opposed to AB 2231’s requirement that voter approval be obtained before cities and counties can repeal an existing ordinance that states that the jurisdiction would take responsibility for sidewalk repair. The bill will now head to Senate Appropriations Committee. City officials are strongly encouraged to continue to submit opposition letters on AB 2231. A sample letter is available on the League’s website by typing “AB 2231” into the search box.

AB 1706 (Eng), a bill related to bus weights, was passed after the author agreed to significant amendments in the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee today. The amendments are expected to add back a provision amended out of the bill earlier in the year that requires a study of bus weight impacts led by the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, and to add a sunset date of Jan. 1, 2015. Until the sunset date there will be a process for transit agencies to process buses with weights similar to their existing fleet. In order to guarantee these amendments, the League has agreed to remove its opposition. However, the League’s opposition will not be formally removed until the amendments are in print.

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