NOTE: * denotes urgency legislation
Development and Financing SB 196 (Kopp-I) - Revenue and Taxation Code Makes technical changes to the Revenue and Taxation Code. (Died in Assembly Banking and Finance Committee) SB 516 (Killea-I) - Transportation: Local Transportation Fund Deletes the 5% limitation that must be spent for bicycles and pedestrians from funds received from the local transportation fund, but conditions the use of the funds for bicycle safety education programs on the city's or county's adoption of the bicycle policy or plan of a local, regional, or transportation planning agency. (Died in Senate Transportation Committee) SB 877 (Alquist-D) - Metropolitan Transportation Commission: Excise Tax: Motor Vehicle Fuel Authorizes the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to impose a sales tax of up to 20 cents per gallon on the retail sale of motor vehicle fuel. (Died in Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee) SB 902 (Leslie-R) - Local Transportation Planning Commissions Authorizes members of the county board of supervisors, the city councils, the transit district, and members of other transit operators in the county to serve as members of the local transportation commission. Assures continued allocations of state and federal funding for transportation planning agencies, and creates the El Dorado County Transportation Planning Agency. Chapter 436, Statutes of 1996 SB 1505 (Kopp-I) - Transportation: Funding Reforms the process by which transportation funds are programmed. Specifically, this bill: 1. Requires the Department of Transportation (Caltrans) biennially to prepare, and the California Transportation Commission (CTC) to adopt, a 4-year estimate of all federal and state funds expected to be available for allocation to transportation projects. 2. Requires CTC biennially to adopt a State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) that programs projects over a 4- year period. 3. Requires that the cost of project development not exceed 17% of the cost of STIP projects. 4. Replaces existing programming categories (flexible congestion relief, commuter and urban rail, interregional roads, retrofit soundwalls, intercity rail, state-local partnership, transit capital improvement, traffic systems management, surface transportation, congestion mitigation and air quality, and environmental enhancement and mitigation) for the allocation of transportation capital funds with a single capital improvement program simply divided into state discretionary, interregional and regional choice improvement programs. 5. Requires that State Highway Account (SHA) funds first be made available for state highway maintenance, operation and rehabilitation and for Caltrans' administration. Limits expenditures for those purposes to the amounts authorized in the most recent Budget Act. After these obligations are met, allocates the remaining funds by CTC as follows: 5% for a state discretionary program with projects nominated by the Secretary of the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency; 15% for an interregional improvement program, with projects nominated by Caltrans and regional agencies; and 80% for a regional choice program, with projects selected by regional agencies. 6. Allows CTC to substitute 1 national highway system project, costing up to 10% of the regional choice program, in any region where the CTC finds that the regional program does not provide for a continuous network of state highways. 7. Exempts interregional program expenditures from geographic constraints (north/south split and county minimums). Subjects discretionary projects to the north/south split, but not to county minimums. 8. Requires that at least 15% of the funds programmed for interregional projects be devoted to intercity rail during each 4-year period. 9. Requires Caltrans to prepare a 10-year state rehabilitation plan for submission to the Legislature, by May 1, 1997, identifying rehabilitation needs for state highways and bridges. 10. Establishes a New Start Authority listing of projects to be adopted by CTC as a component of the STIP. Includes anticipated costs, allocation years, and completion dates for preliminary engineering and environmental studies, development of project plans and specifications, right of way acquisition and construction. Provides that the listing would not represent a future commitment of construction funds by CTC. 11. Requires each proposed budget for the 1997-98, 1998-99, and 1999-2000 fiscal years to include $15 million for grade separation projects from the 1996 Public Utilities Commission's priority list. 12. Declares legislative intent to provide $10 million per year from the SHA for environmental enhancement and mitigation projects. (Died on Senate Floor; action deferred pursuant to Senate Rule 29.10) SCA 34 (Marks-D) - Taxation: Diesel Fuel: Boats: Use of Revenues Provides that revenues from taxes imposed by the state on diesel fuel used in recreational boats shall be used only for specified purposes in connection with ports and harbors where small craft operate or are berthed. (Died in Senate Transportation Committee) AB 772 (Aguiar-R) - Federal Transportation Funds Transfers the process of administering and awarding grants for federal transit funds for special needs from the Department of Transportation to the California Transportation Commission, and limits administrative expenditures by the department to 5%. Chapter 669, Statutes of 1996 AB 1218 (Escutia-D) - Finances: Los Angeles and Orange Counties 1. States legislative intent in enacting this act not to require the immediate appointment of a trustee for Orange County, but to allow for that possibility should that county fail to submit and receive approval for an adjustment plan in a timely manner. 2. States legislative intent to formulate legislation prior to the 1995-96 Regular Session interim study recess that will ensure that the sales tax revenues specified in this act are administered in a timely manner, including the possibility of conditioning transfer of those revenues on the timely approval of an adjustment plan by a federal bankruptcy court. 3. Provides that notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors may annually adopt a resolution, approved by a majority of all of its members no later than August 4, 1995, with respect to the 1995-96 fiscal year (FY) and no later than the preceding May 1 with respect to any other relevant FY, to modify its contract with the State Board of Equalization to annually require a transfer to the county's General Fund of "fiscal realignment revenues", as defined, in an amount not to exceed $75 million. Sunsets this provision on January 1, 2001. 4. Provides that notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Orange County Board of Supervisors may adopt a resolution approved by a majority of all of its members to require, with respect to taxes levied prior to July 1, 2011, both of the following: (a) that county sales and use tax revenues, as specified, be deposited into the county general fund, and (b) that "transportation realignment revenues," as defined, be deposited in accordance with that section in the county's local transportation fund. Does not apply this provision to the City of Laguna Beach, and sunsets on January 1, 2012. 5. Provides that notwithstanding any other provision of this act, Orange County's "transportation realignment revenues," as defined, may be deposited in the county's local transportation fund. Provides that revenues deposited pursuant to this provision shall only be expended in accordance with the transportation expenditure plan adopted by Orange County. Sunsets this section on January 1, 2012. 6. Reduces the amount of Transportation Planning and Development funds to be allocated for the relevant fiscal year to the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) unless the MTA elects for that fiscal year to deposit that amount into the county's local transportation fund. Makes any moneys deposited in the county's local transportation fund pursuant to the preceding sentence available for allocation exclusively to the MTA for bus operations. 7. States that if for any relevant FY, the MTA does not elect to deposit the transportation services support amount into the county's local transportation fund as provided in provision #6 above, and the transportation services support amount exceeds the amount to be allocated to the MTA, the difference between these latter two amounts shall be deducted from the amount of revenues allocated from the State Highway Account for expenditure in the county for rail transit purposes. 8. States that the MTA shall not reduce bus service directly or indirectly as a result of this section or of any other provision of the act adding this section. 9. For the 1995-96 FY, requires the Orange County auditor to allocate $70 million from property tax increment (i.e., "growth") revenues otherwise required to be allocated to the county to the county treasurer-tax collector for deposit in a separate restricted account in the county treasury. Requires these funds to be used only for the payment of county obligations pursuant to debt issued upon confirmation of the bankruptcy court of a debt adjustment plan for the county. For the 1996-97 through the 2010-11 FY's, requires that the $70 million allocated to the restricted account constitute a base year amount and that the amount of property tax revenue deemed allocated to the county commensurately be reduced. Sunsets this provision on July 1, 2011. 10. States that for FY's 1995-96 to 1999-00, inclusive, the amount of revenue allocated for that fiscal year for expenditure in the County of Los Angeles from the State Highway Account shall reduced by the amount of the difference between the transportation services support amount and the amount of the allocation from the Transportation Planning and Development Account to the MTA. 11. Makes legislative findings and declarations relating to the need for special legislation. 12. Specifies that the provisions under #4, #5, and #9 must not become operative unless legislation is chaptered in the 1995- 96 Regular or Second Extraordinary Session that authorizes or specifies conditions for the establishment of a state-appointed trustee with specified authority. Provides that failure of Orange County to receive court approval for an adjustment plan may be a condition for the establishment of a state- appointed trustee. 13. Contains a state mandates disclaimer. (Died on Assembly Inactive File) AB 1277 (McDonald-D) - Intermodal Corridors Defines "governing authority" as the state or local agency with primary responsibility for a project within an intermodal corridor of economic significance. Authorizes, with regard to these projects, the Department of Transportation to (1) identify local firms qualified to provide materials, supplies and services, and to inform these firms of opportunities to contract with the governing authority; (2) facilitate the participation of local business enterprises; (3) ensure prime and subcontractors are aware of the contracting policies and procedures of the state, and to seek adherence of the governing authority to those rules and procedures; (4) participate in activities that promote local access to the governing authority's contracting opportunities; (5) encourage large firms to provide mentoring programs for smaller firms; (6) for construction projects, use established competitive bidding procedures that conform to federal, state and local law, and to maximize competition for contract opportunities; (7) for professional services, use qualification-based selection procedures that conform to federal, state and local law; (8) encourage consultants and contractors to purchase supplies and materials locally, and to hire workers from the local area. (Died in Senate Transportation Committee) AB 1683* (Conroy-R) - Public Utilities Carriers Transfers existing transportation safety programs from the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to the Department of Motor Vehicles and the California Highway Patrol. Affects only programs related to motor carriers of property; motor carriers of passengers and moving companies are unaffected. Imposes a different fee structure than the current structure utilized by PUC and provides for penalties more severe than in current law. Makes conforming changes in recognition of recent federal law preempting rate regulation of motor carriers of property. Chapter 1042, Statutes of 1996 AB 1795 (Granlund-R) - Federal Ridesharing Fund Allocation Requires the Department of Transportation, the metropolitan planning organizations, and the county transportation commissions to jointly develop a procedure and formula for the allocation of federal funds to the regions for transportation demand management programs. (Died in Senate Transportation Committee) AB 1883 (Machado-D) - Transportation Planning Agencies Extends the mandatory fund allocation applicable to statutorily created agencies to also include voluntarily created agencies. (Died in Senate Rules Committee) AB 1923 (Conroy-R) - Transportation Planning and Programming Authorizes the county transportation commissions in the 6 southern California counties to prepare the regional transportation improvement programs for their county. Provides that this authorization would become effective if the city councils of a majority of the cities representing a majority of the incorporated territory of the county, and the county board of supervisors, approve the designation. (Died in Senate Transportation Committee) AB 2090* (Bordonaro-R) - State-Local Partnership Program Extends the deadline for awarding contracts for a specified transportation project in Petaluma by 1 year and extends contract awarding in Santa Barbara until December 31, 1996, and extends by 1 year the Mare Island Project in Vallejo. Chapter 465, Statutes of 1996 AB 2259 (Kuykendall-R) - State Highway System: Primary and Secondary Highways Creates a 2-tiered system of state highways, that would be designated primary state highways, comprised of unspecified specified routes, that would remain under the jurisdiction of the Department of Transportation, and secondary state highways, comprised of specified routes, that would be relinquished to the jurisdiction of appropriate local agencies. Authorizes the California Transportation Commission to relinquish to any county or city an entire route or portion of an entire route in the state highway secondary system when an agreement that the route may be relinquished has been reached between the department and the affected city or county. Prohibits a route from being relinquished under this provision in the absence of that agreement. Authorizes the department to negotiate funding agreements with the affected cities or counties, taking into account savings that would be realized from maintenance, engineering, community needs, and other factors affecting the operation of a route. Requires that routes in the state highway secondary system continue to be defined by statute after the relinquishment. (Failed passage in Assembly Transportation Committee) AB 3201* (Escutia-D) - Highway Funds Requires the California Economic Development Financing Authority in the Trade and Commerce Agency to establish a transportation infrastructure bank to finance transportation projects. (Died in Senate Appropriations Committee) AB 3374 (Katz-D) - Transportation Funds: Security for Financing Authorizes the Director of Transportation, with the concurrence of the Director of Finance, the Controller, and the State Treasurer, to authorize up to $100 million of funds from the account, which amount would be appropriated to the Director of Transportation to be used to provide credit enhancement, debt insurance, or other form of debt security for the purpose of obtaining financing from the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank for the design and construction of intermodal corridors of economic significance and other transportation facilities. (Died in Assembly Transportation Committee) Motor Vehicle Emissions SB 257 (Killea-I) - Air Pollution: Congestion Relief Requires the San Diego Air Pollution Control District to allocate not less than $1 million nor more than $1.25 million annually for the purpose of funding congestion relief programs that are consistent with the purposes of the provisions authorizing those fees. Allows the district to increase its vehicle registration fee from the existing level only if the increase proposal contains a detailed expenditure plan. Sunsets on July 1, 1999. (Died in Senate Transportation Committee) SB 498 (Kelley-R) - Auto Repair: Smog Makes amendments to the programs within the Department of Consumer Affairs' Bureau of Automotive Repair. (Failed passage in Assembly Appropriations Committee) SB 836 (Lewis-R) - Air Pollution Makes Rules 1501 and 1501.1 of the South Coast Air Quality Management District void and requires the district to amend its Rule 2202 in the following manner: (1) the worksite employee threshold must be raised to 250, and may be increased to 500 under specified conditions; and (2) if the threshold is increased to 500, there must be a report on its effectiveness. Requires the district to provide $1.5 million annually to the Regional Transportation Agencies Coalition to be used for marketing and client services to maximize voluntary ridesharing. Chapter 993, Statutes of 1996 SB 928 (Peace-D) - Air Pollution: Vehicles Authorizes any air pollution control district to participate in a 5- year pilot program previously authorized for San Diego and Ventura Counties. Provides that the program would involve requirements for vehicle odometer checks, the assignment of smog index numbers to new vehicles, the establishment of target pollution miles by vehicle type, and annual smog checks and related actions relative to vehicles driven in excess of their allotted miles. Authorizes local air districts to accept monetary contributions from individuals to fund programs to reduce vehicular emissions, specify the calculation and assignment of emission reduction credits among contributors and districts, and allow such credits to offset stationary source emissions reduction requirements. Establishes procedures for the issuance by the Air Resources Board of decals to owners of collector cars indicating that particular vehicles have been retrofitted to reduce emissions. (Failed passage in Senate Transportation Committee) SB 1038 (Johannessen-R) - Air Pollution: Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance Requires the Department of Consumer Affairs to adopt and implement regulations for the purpose of collecting and disseminating any information that is necessary to ensure the long-term success of the vehicle inspection air maintenance program. (Died in Senate Transportation Committee) SB 1175 (Killea-I) - Motor Vehicle Fees Authorizes the State Air Resources Board to impose an unspecified motor vehicle registration fee to be collected by the Department of Motor Vehicles. Requires the fee revenues to be deposited in the State Implementation Plan Account, which the bill would create in the General Fund, and used, upon appropriation, to fund components of the state implementation plan relating to mobile source pollution, as specified. (Died in Senate Transportation Committee) SB 1197* (Russell-R) - Smog Technicians Creates the Technician Training Fund in the State Treasury to fund the training of smog test and repair technicians in technical skills required pursuant to the federal Clean Air Act. Specifies that funding for technician training shall not exceed $2.5 million per year. (Died in Senate Transportation Committee) SB 1499 (Johnson-R) - Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance Repeals the state's authority and requirement to contract for a network of test-only smog inspection stations to perform enhanced vehicle inspections required under federal law. Repeals the current requirement that a 2% random sample of vehicles to be tested receive such tests in a test-only facility and eliminate the directive to determine if a high-polluting vehicle profile can be developed to reduce the number of vehicles required to be inspected at test-only stations. Repeals the prohibition on establishing a test-only program in attainment areas. (Died in Senate Transportation Committee) SB 1528 (Rogers-R) - Vehicle Emission Certificate Requirements: Transfer: Exemption Exempts the transfer of a vehicle's registration between a brother or sister from the requirement to provide a valid smog check certificate. Chapter 112, Statutes of 1996 SB 1603 (Lewis-R) - Indirect Source Controls Deletes provisions of existing law that authorize the air districts to regulate and control emissions from indirect sources such as buildings, shopping centers, etc. Defines "indirect source" as any facility, building, structure or installation, or combination thereof, that generates or attracts mobile source activity that results in emissions of any pollutants for which there is a state ambient air quality standard. Prohibits the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) and other local or regional entities within the district from regulating indirect sources. Prohibits the state implementation plan from including any provision authorizing or requiring the south coast district to adopt or implement any indirect source regulation, or authorizing or requiring any person within SCAQMD to implement any indirect source regulation. Requires SCAQMD, not later than January 1, 1998, in consultation with the state board, to adopt and substitute for the removed or withdrawn provisions specified emission reduction measures sufficient to replace the emission reductions that would have been expected to be achieved by the removed or withdrawn provisions. Requires that any shortfall in emission reductions as a result of this bill be replaced with direct light-duty mobile source emission reductions. Authorizes the districts to establish programs to identify gross polluters and to require vehicles to be tested at test-only stations. (Died in Senate Transportation Committee) SB 1880 (Lewis-R) - Portable Internal Combustion Engines Redefines "portable internal combustion engine" as any internal combustion engine which is, by itself, or contained within as attached to a piece of equipment that is portable. Portable equipment includes, but is not limited to, any of the following: 1. Confined and unconfined abrasive blasting equipment. 2. Portland concrete batch plants. 3. Sand and gravel screening, rock crushing, unheated pavement crushing, and recycling operations equipment. 4. Consistent with federal law, portable internal combustion engines used in conjunction with, but not limited to, the following types of operations: well drilling, including service equipment and work over rigs; power generation, excluding cogeneration; pumps; compressors; pile drivers; welding; cranes; and wood chippers. 5. Equipment necessary for the operation of portable equipment. Chapter 998, Statutes of 1996 SB 1967 (Kopp-I) - Air Pollution: Motor Vehicle Fuel: Zero- Emission Vehicles Requires the State Air Resources Board to advance the date for the mandatory production and delivery of zero-emission vehicles by 1 year for each 15 days or fraction thereof that reformulated motor vehicle fuel standards are suspended and nonconforming fuel is authorized for sale. (Died in Senate Transportation Committee) AB 30 (Katz-D) - Inspection Program Provides that a certificate of compliance or noncompliance with emission standards may not be based solely on the owner's statement. (Died in Senate Transportation Committee) AB 260 (Richter-R) - Smog Repair: Costs Provides that there would be no cost limit for repairs that are needed to meet the smog check program for vehicles that are manufactured after January 1, 1998, and no repair waiver may be issued. (Died on Senate Inactive File) AB 1457 (Granlund-R) - Motor Vehicle: Repair Makes legislative findings and declarations regarding the cost and diminishing availability of electronic tools necessary to provide emission-related diagnostic and repair services by non- franchised, dealer-owned repair facilities. (Died in Assembly Transportation Committee) AB 1460 (Morrissey-R) - Excessive Smoke Emissions Makes various revisions/clarifications to existing law relative to excessive smoke from trucks. Chapter 292, Statutes of 1996 AB 1675 (Goldsmith-R) - Air Pollution Diesel Vehicles Prohibits the operation of any heavy-duty diesel engines older than 18 years in the year 2004, with specified exceptions. (Died on Assembly Inactive File) AB 2243 (Alpert-D) - Air Pollution: Gasoline Vapor Control Systems Prohibits air pollution control districts from requiring retrofitting, removal or replacement of equipment and systems for the control of gasoline vapor emissions, as specified. Chapter 426, Statutes of 1996 AB 2489 (Firestone-R) - Vehicles: Zero-Emission Enacts the High-Occupancy Zero-Emission Vehicle Development Incentive Program Act to require the State Air Resources Board, in consultation with the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission and the Trade and Commerce Agency, to adopt standards for high-occupancy zero-emission vehicles to qualify for a sales tax exemption. Exempts, until January 1, 1999, high-occupancy zero-emission vehicles, as defined, that are certified by the state board from certain state, but not local, sales and use taxes. (Died in Senate Appropriations Committee) AB 2515* (Bowler-R) - Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance Amends existing law relative to test-only smog facilities. Requires the development of a "gold shield" program for the test and repair of specified vehicles. Chapter 1088, Statutes of 1996 AB 2623 (Kuehl-D) - Zero-Emission Vehicles Allows zero-emission vehicles to use high-occupancy vehicle or carpool lanes, even if there are no passengers in the vehicle, in specified areas of the state. (Failed passage in Assembly Appropriations Committee) AB 2635 (Morrissey-R) - Portable Equipment: Pollution Revises the state's pending permit and registration system for portable internal combustion engines and delays the effective date of the program until July 1, 1997. Chapter 429, Statutes of 1996 AB 3072 (Granlund-R) - Emission Control System Service Expands the subject matter of a periodic information survey conducted by the Department of Consumer Affairs to include information on the field availability of tools used for vehicle emission control system repair work under requirements of state and federal law. Chapter 380, Statutes of 1996 AB 3319 (Ducheny-D) - Air Pollution: Attainment Plans Allows an air district that does not have extreme air pollution to eliminate the no-net-increase permitting program in its attainment plan if the air district and the Air Resources Board (ARB) take specified review actions. Upon a subsequent review and determination by the ARB that such a program is required, the air district would be required to adopt and implement the permitting program. Authorizes, in air districts that eliminate no-net-increase permitting programs, the trading of emission credits generated by the rice straw burning phase-down program. Chapter 1092, Statutes of 1996 Miscellaneous SB 36 (Rosenthal-D) - Special License Plates Provides additional time for the Blue Sky license plate program to meet statutory requirements. Vetoed by the Governor SB 70 (Kelley-R) - Manufactured Homes: Escort Vehicles Requires the Department of Transportation to designate highway routes throughout the state, outside the heavily congested metropolitan areas, for the transportation of manufactured homes over 12 feet, but not exceeding 14 feet in width, without the requirement of escort vehicles. (Died in Senate Transportation Committee) SB 274* (Killea-I) - San Diego Metropolitan Transit Development Clarifies guidelines for appointment of a member of the county board of supervisors to the San Diego Metropolitan Transit Development Board. Chapter 35, Statutes of 1996 SB 288 (Russell-R) - Parking and Business Improvement Requires the city council in a parking and business improvement area, upon the retirement of any relative outstanding and unpaid indebtedness, to disestablish an improvement area if requested to do so by a specified number of the owners of businesses that pay assessments. (Died in Assembly Local Government Committee) SB 301 (Campbell-R) - Driver's License Examination: English Only Requires all examinations for an original driver's license to be administered exclusively in English. (Failed passage in Senate Transportation Committee) SB 309 (Dills-D) - Outdoor Advertising Makes 2 minor, technical corrections to definitions in the Business and Professions Code relating to outdoor advertising. (Died in Senate Transportation Committee) SB 374* (Alquist-D) - Santa Clara County Traffic Authority Declares that the repeal of existing law creating the Santa Clara County Traffic Authority does not impair any transaction or use tax imposed prior to the termination of the authority. Chapter 791, Statutes of 1996 SB 375 (Dills-D) - Outdoor Advertising Provides that a highway is defined to include roads and other routes that are used for or laid out and intended for the public passage of road or street vehicles or road or street vehicles and persons. (Died in Senate Transportation Committee) SB 388 (Kopp-I) - San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District Exempts the extension of services and facilities south of the Daly City Station to the terminus of the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART)-San Francisco Airport Extension from the prohibition against expending BART funds outside of its original boundaries prior to meeting its service commitments inside of those boundaries. Chapter 70, Statutes of 1996 SB 457* (Kelley-R) - Transportation: Intercity Passenger Rail Enacts the Intercity Passenger Rail Act of 1996 which makes changes in the Southern California Regional Rail Authority, allows the Department of Transportation to enter into intercity transfer agreements with specified joint exercise of powers entities. Creates the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Bond Act. Allows specific local agencies to form a joint exercise of powers board for the purpose of responsibility for inter-city rail passenger services in the San Joaquin Corridor. Chapter 263, Statutes of 1996 Similar legislation is SB 1710 (Costa-D), which died in Assembly Appropriations Committee. SB 498 (Kelley-R) - Bureau of Automotive Repair Makes changes to the programs within the Department of Consumer Affairs' Bureau of Automotive Repair. (Failed passage in Assembly Appropriations Committee) SB 515 (Johnston-D) - Vehicles: Bicycles: Rules of the Road Enacts the Safe Bicyclist Protection Act, and specifies the allowable traffic lanes which could be used by a person on a bicycle approaching an intersection with a lane marked for right turns. Chapter 674, Statutes of 1996 SB 636 (Haynes-R) - Driving Schools Requires driving school owners to sign a statement stating that the owner is in compliance with workers' compensation insurance requirements. Chapter 47, Statutes of 1996 SB 655 (Craven-R) - Freeway Emergencies Creates a demonstration program to test the effectiveness of contracting-out certain response and dispatching services currently provided by the California Highway Patrol. Chapter 125, Statutes of 1996 SB 736 (Hayden-D) - Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Imposes specified limitations on the amount of gifts a member of the Los Angeles County Transportation Authority may receive. Requires the provisions of this bill be submitted to the voters. (Died in Assembly Local Government Committee) SB 766 (Alquist-D) - Salvage Vehicles: Registration Requires the registration of a total loss salvage vehicle prior to its resale if it was first sold to a person who is not a licensed dealer, automobile dismantler or salvage pool. (Died in Senate Transportation Committee) SB 837 (Lewis-R) - Vehicles: Driving Under the Influence Requires the court, in the case of a person convicted of a 2nd driving under the influence, to require the person to have license plates bearing the words "CONVICTED DRUNK DRIVER" on any vehicle driven by that person for a period of not less than 1 year after the person's privilege to drive a motor vehicle has been restored. (Died in Senate Transportation Committee) SB 848* (Kopp-I) - Vehicles: Speed Limits Establishes a maximum speed limit of 55 miles per hour upon 2- lane, undivided highways, as described; sets forth a statement of legislative intent regarding the placement of signs on these highways; and, for a limited time, establishes a 55-miles-per-hour speed limit upon certain other multi-lane highways, unless a greater speed limit has been posted pursuant to an engineering and traffic survey. Chapter 20, Statutes of 1996 SB 877 (Alquist-D) - Metropolitan Transportation Commission: Excise Tax: Motor Vehicle Fuel Authorizes the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to impose a tax of up to 10 cents per gallon on the retail sale of motor vehicle fuel. (Died in Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee) SB 899 (Polanco-D) - New Motor Vehicle Board Allows a dispute involving new motor vehicle dealers, manufacturers, and distributors to be submitted to a court of law without the complainant having pursued or exhausted the administrative process offered by the New Motor Vehicle Board. (Died in Assembly Transportation Committee) SB 902 (Leslie-R) - Local Transportation Planning Commissions Authorizes members of the county board of supervisors, the city councils, the transit district, and members of other transit operators in the county to serve as members of the local transportation commission. Assures continued allocations of state and federal funding for transportation planning agencies and creates the El Dorado County Transportation Planning Agency. Chapter 436, Statutes of 1996 SB 916 (Haynes-R) - Public-Private Toll Projects Authorizes the Department of Transportation to enter into 2 additional agreements with private entities for the development, operation and maintenance of transportation facilities within California. Allows private developers to charge tolls for the use of the facilities. (Died in Senate Transportation Committee) SB 952 (Petris-D) - Department of Transportation: Property Transfer: City of Oakland Provides that the Department of Transportation may sell at nominal cost, or transfer without cost, specified state-owned properties in the City of Oakland to the City of Oakland in memory of the victims of the Loma Prieta earthquake and the negative impact that the resulting freeway collapse had on the adjacent neighborhoods in Oakland. (Died in Senate Transportation Committee) SB 1111 (Ayala-D) - Abandoned Vehicles: Lienholder Authorizes the Department of Motor Vehicles to refuse the registration or registration renewal of a vehicle if the applicant was convicted of abandoning another vehicle and has not paid for that vehicle's removal costs. Makes the registered owner of a vehicle liable for any lien sale deficiencies, and makes an abandoned vehicle conviction count as 1 point on a driver's record. Chapter 676, Statutes of 1996 SB 1152 (Polanco-D) - Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Makes various changes in the membership structure of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. (Died on Senate Inactive File) SB 1186 (Johannessen-R) - Gasoline Additives Prohibits the use of methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) as a gasoline additive for use in this state and provides that no gasoline containing MTBE shall be sold for use in this state. (Died in Senate Transportation Committee) SB 1249 (Mountjoy-R) - Vehicles: Dealers and Managerial Employees: Examinations and Continuing Education Courses Requires every applicant for a motor vehicle dealer's license and his or her employees, commencing July 1, 1996, to take and complete a written examination prepared by the Department of Motor Vehicles concerning specified matters. Permits an oral examination in place of the written examination for any applicant who is not the sole owner of a motor vehicle dealership so long as at least one person in the dealership ownership structure completed the written examination. Prescribes continuing educational requirements consisting of at least 6 hours of instruction during the 2-year period following the initial examination and at least 4 hours during each succeeding 2-year period. (Died in Senate Transportation Committee) SB 1386 (Kelley-R) - State Route 188: Commercial Vehicle Restrictions Prohibits the operation of three-or-more axle commercial vehicles weighing more than 10,000 pounds on a segment of State Highway Route 188 in San Diego County near the United States/Mexico international border. Makes violation of the prohibition a misdemeanor. (Died in Senate Transportation Committee) SB 1411 (Johnson-R) - Outdoor Advertising: Exemption: Costa Mesa Exempts from the prohibition against placing advertising displays adjacent to landscaped freeways, a billboard or advertising sign to identify development projects, business centers or associations within the jurisdiction of, or sponsored by, the City of Costa Mesa. Chapter 117, Statutes of 1996 SB 1420 (Kopp-I) - High-Speed Rail Act Creates the High-Speed Rail Authority, consisting of 9 members. Chapter 796, Statutes of 1996 SB 1435 (Monteith-R) - Vehicle Registration: Exemption: Silage Exempts from vehicle registration requirements specified farm vehicles used exclusively to transport field crops used as livestock feed (silage) from farm to farm. Chapter 114, Statutes of 1996 SB 1436 (Kelley-R) - Out-of-State Vehicles Exempts out-of-state motor vehicles sold through a dealer conducting a motor vehicle auction from the existing $300 smog impact fee imposed on our-of-state vehicles first registered in California. (Died in Senate Appropriations Committee) SB 1463 (Johannessen-R) - Vehicles: Lengths Authorizes the Department of Transportation or local jurisdictions to issue special transportation permits for the operation of semitrailers which exceed the maximum allowable kingpin (pivot point) to rear axle distance. The authority would be applicable only to semitrailers used to haul racing cars that compete in motor sports competitions, if the distance from the kingpin to the trailer's rearmost axle does not exceed 46 feet. Chapter 353, Statutes of 1996 SB 1474 (Kopp-I) - Public Transportation Allows the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, in consultation with the regional transit coordination council, to identify functions that are performed by individual operators that could be consolidated to improve the efficiency of regional transit service. Authorizes the commission to recommend that specified functions be consolidated. Chapter 256, Statutes of 1996 SB 1491 (Mountjoy-R) - Permanent Fleet Registration Vehicle Identification Authorizes an alternative method of visibly identifying a vehicle participating in the permanent fleet registration program. Extends the authorization only to vehicles under 6,000 pounds unladen weight owned by a public utility. Chapter 108, Statutes of 1996 SB 1498 (Kopp-I) - Vehicles: Disabled Persons: Parking Privileges Requires specified information from a physician or surgeon prior to the issuance of a disabled person placard. Chapter 1033, Statutes of 1996 SB 1501 (Kopp-I) - Tolls: North American Free Trade Agreement Authorizes tolls on Route 7 in Imperial County for improvements needed due to increased commercial traffic due to the North American Free Trade Agreement. Chapter 533, Statutes of 1996 SB 1509 (Marks-D) - Anatomical Gifts: Driver's Licenses: Identification Cards Requires that the anatomical gift form be attached to the driver's license or identification card by the Department of Motor Vehicles. (Died in Senate Transportation Committee) SB 1527 (Wright-R) - Vehicle Offenses Provides that it is a misdemeanor to loan a disabled parking placard or license plate to anyone who is not entitled to such a placard or plate, as specified. Provides that it is a misdemeanor for a driver to block a railway or rail transit crossing, as specified. Chapter 116, Statutes of 1996 SB 1529 (Kopp-I) - Toll Bridges Makes legislative findings regarding congestion and tolls on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Requires the Department of Transportation to prepare and submit to the Legislature by January 1 of each odd-numbered year a report, as specified, describing the progress toward implementation of improvement projects on Bay Area toll bridges funded with revenues from increased tolls on those bridges, as authorized upon the approval of Regional Measure 1 at the November 8, 1988, general election. Vetoed by the Governor SB 1541 (Ayala-D) - Freight Handlers: Motor Carrier: Substance and Alcohol Abuse Requires motor carrier freight handlers to comply with specified federal regulations relating to testing for controlled substance and/or alcohol. Requires that for purposes of personal identification of a person to be tested for controlled substances or alcohol under those provisions, a driver show a valid California driver's license at the time and place of testing and a motor carrier freight handler show a valid California driver's license or other valid photo identification, at the time and place of testing. (Died in Senate Transportation Committee) SB 1587 (Senate Transportation Committee) - Miscellaneous Transportation Matters Enacts several minor changes to different codes relating to transportation, including technical and clarifying provisions and the repeal of obsolete provisions, as a means of avoiding numerous single-provision bills. Chapter 1155, Statutes of 1996 SB 1588 (Senate Transportation Committee) - Miscellaneous Transportation Matters Enacts several minor changes to different codes relating to transportation, including technical and clarifying provisions and the repeal of obsolete provisions, as a means of avoiding numerous single-provision bills. Chapter 440, Statutes of 1996 SB 1595 (Mountjoy-R) - Driver's License Endorsement: Roofing Exempts persons operating a vehicle transporting roofing materials at specified temperatures from the requirement to obtain a hazardous materials license endorsement. Chapter 183, Statutes of 1996 SB 1612 (Kopp-I) - Petroleum Franchises Provides that a franchisee of fuel shall not be precluded from purchasing fuel that is certified to be the same fuel as normally supplied by the franchisee's franchisor, if the franchisor purchases or exchanges fuel from or with other franchisors or oil companies and if the franchisor sells fuel to other entities at a price that is more than 5 cents per gallon lower than the price charged the franchisee. Requires written certification to accompany each load of fuel sold by a franchisor or affiliate refiner to entities other than franchisees, as specified. Provides that for a period of 5 years beginning January 1, 1997, no oil company, refiner, or franchisor shall increase the relative percentage of fuel sold directly through company-operated subsidiaries beyond the relative percentage of retail volume sold in that manner on June 1, 1996. Requires the California Energy Commission and the Attorney General to assess the degree of competition in fuel retailing during this period, with a study to be submitted to the Legislature by January 1, 2002. Provides that a franchisee shall not be precluded from purchasing and selling alternative fuels under certain conditions. (Died in Senate Transportation Committee) SB 1614 (Craven-R) - San Diego County: Freeway Emergency Call Boxes: Demonstration Program Authorizes the service authority for freeway emergencies for the County of San Diego, with the concurrence of the Department of the California Highway Patrol, to conduct a demonstration program to evaluate the effectiveness of contracting out for response and dispatching services that are supplemental to the services provided by the department. Requires the department to study the effectiveness of the demonstration program and report its findings to the Legislature by January 1, 1999. (Died in Senate Transportation Committee) SB 1642 (Marks-D) - Intermodal Corridors of Economic Significance Expands existing law relative to the number of intermodal corridors of economic significance. Vetoed by the Governor SB 1651 (Thompson-D) - Vessels: Boating Safety Adds a definition of personal watercraft to the Harbors and Navigation Code and makes specified actions and operations involving such vessels a misdemeanor. Recasts definitions relating to boating safety without substantive change. Vetoed by the Governor SB 1694 (Dills-D) - Driver Improvement Courses: Insurance Premium Reduction Requires insurance companies to reduce vehicle liability insurance premiums for persons who complete a driver improvement course. Establishes a fee of up to $20 for such courses and makes the Department of Motor Vehicles responsible for standards and criteria for approval of the courses. Eliminates the 400-minute course minimum requirement for persons who take self-instructed driver improvement courses. (Died in Senate Insurance Committee) SB 1713 (Alquist-D) - Reconstructed Vehicles: Inspection Creates, until 2003, a pre-registration inspection program of reconstructed vehicles by the California Highway Patrol. Chapter 450, Statutes of 1996 SB 1717 (Solis-D) - Drivers' licenses: Legal Nonimmigration Applicant Requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue a 90-day temporary driver's license to a legal nonimmigrant applicant under specified circumstances. Chapter 531, Statutes of 1996 SB 1719* (Polanco-D) - High Speed Rail Reestablishes the California-Nevada Super Speed Ground Transportation Commission and allows it to remain operative until January 1, 2002. (Failed passage in Senate Transportation Committee) SB 1725 (Alquist-D) - Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority Renames the recently created Santa Clara Transit District as the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, and makes various changes to the district's statutory provisions. (Died in Senate Transportation Committee) SB 1735 (Kelley-R) - Vehicles: Neighborhood Electric Vehicle Pilot Program Establishes a 5-year pilot project authorizing the City of Palm Desert to establish a neighborhood electric vehicle plan, adopt design and marking specifications, and adopt design and safety standards for neighborhood electric vehicles. Requires a violation of certain restrictions regarding operating these vehicles to be an infraction. Requires the city to issue permits for these vehicles and to adopt safety criteria for operators, including financial responsibility requirements. Requires the city's plan to be submitted to the transportation planning agency for review and comments prior to adoption, thereby imposing a state-mandated local program. Requires the city to transmit a report to the Legislature on or before January 1, 1999. Repeals these provisions on January 1, 2002. (Died in Senate Transportation Committee) SB 1755 (Calderon-D) - Los Angeles County Transportation: Transit Operation Extends indefinitely the current minimum allocation formula for the distribution of specified transit funds to municipal operators in Los Angeles County. Repeals the authority of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to alter the allocation formula after the 1998-99 fiscal year and would make local Proposition C security funds available to municipal operators based on specified criteria. Chapter 554, Statutes of 1996 SB 1868 (Hayden-D) - Transportation: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Defines "congestion pricing strategies". (Died in Assembly Transportation Committee) SB 2006 (Haynes-R) - Speed Trap: Definition Refines the definition of "local roads" for the purpose of radar speed enforcement. Provides that if a road is not included in the functional classification maps then the existing statutory definition applies. Chapter 104, Statutes of 1996 SB 2008 (Mountjoy-R) - Department of Motor Vehicles: English Language Requires that any written materials provided or prescribed by the Department of Motor Vehicles, including all notices, booklets, forms, documents, publications, etc., be published or provided in the English language only, except an original drivers license test which may be administered in other than the English language. (Died in Senate Appropriations Committee) SB 2079 (Rogers-R) - Off-Highway Motor Vehicles Requires unregistered off-highway vehicles owned by a nonresident to display a special operating permit issued by the Department of Parks and Recreation, at a cost of $20 annually. Establishes procedures for sale of the permits by vendors and specifies the uses of the revenue collected. Chapter 572, Statutes of 1996 SB 2105 (Hayden-D) - Towing Services Provides for the licensing and regulation of tow truck services and drivers. (Died in Senate Transportation Committee) SB 2108 (Alquist-D) - Santa Clara County Transit District Revises the procedures' guidelines for contracts and procurement of the Santa Clara County Transit District. Chapter 685, Statutes of 1996 SB 2116* (Killea-I) - Olympic License Plate Fee Reduces from $100 to $50 the cost of commemorative Olympic License plates. Chapter 270, Statutes of 1996 SB 2117 (Killea-I) - Vehicles: Special License Plates Authorizes an owner of any vehicle that is of a model year older than the current year to utilize license plates of this state with the date of year corresponding to the model year date when the vehicle was manufactured, as specified. Requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to program its computer information systems to allow the department to reactivate for reissuance individual license plates that are no longer in use. (Died in Senate Transportation Committee) SB 2144 (Mountjoy-R) - Vehicle Ownership Transfer Provides guidelines and procedures for the authorization to transfer a vehicle certificate of ownership when the certificate of ownership is lost, stolen, damaged or mutilated. Chapter 451, Statutes of 1996 SB 2162 (Leslie-R) - Nonoperation of Vehicles Authorizes the filing of a certificate of nonoperation of a vehicle for up to 90 days after the expiration of the vehicle's registration, provided that specified fees and penalties are paid. Chapter 504, Statutes of 1996 AB 33 (Alpert-D) - Drivers' Licenses: Deported Aliens Requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to refuse to issue or renew a driver's license to a person reported by federal authorities to be a deported alien. Chapter 1168, Statutes of 1996 AB 153 (Ducheny-D) - Motorcycle Definition: Exemption Excludes from the definition of a motorcycle a 3-wheeled vehicle with an enclosed or partially enclosed seating area and used by local public agencies for parking control. (The proposed exclusion would have the effect of exempting operators or passengers in such vehicles from the mandatory motorcycle helmet law.) Chapter 453, Statutes of 1996 AB 187 (Machado-D) - Commercial Vehicles Exempts large commercial vehicles from current "planned nonoperation" certificate requirements. Requires a certificate of nonoperation for the period of time the vehicle was not operating to be filed with the Department of Motor Vehicles when the vehicle is put back into operation. (Died in Senate Appropriations Committee) AB 244 (Morrow-R) - Motorcycles: Helmets Provides that existing law relative to a driver and any passenger to wear a safety helmet when riding on a motorcycle, motor-driver cycle or motorized bicycle is applicable only to a person under 21 years of age, and deletes related legislative intent language. (Failed passage in Senate Transportation Committee) AB 273 (Kuykendall-R) - Transportation: Los Angeles County Revises the composition of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority on and after July 1, 1997. Reduces from 13 to 9 the number of voting members, and makes related changes. Changes the required contents of the authority's ordinance regulating the making of gifts to members and employees of the authority, and revises restrictions applicable to lobbyists having contact with the authority. (Failed passage in Assembly Appropriations Committee) AB 420 (Weggeland-R) - Transportation Permits: Manufactured Homes Establishes specific conditions and specifications applicable to the movement of manufactured homes that are 14 feet to 16 feet in total width, specifically prohibits the department from issuing a permit to move a manufactured home that is in excess of 14 feet in total width unless that department determines that all of the specified conditions and specifications have been met, and revises legislative findings and declarations regarding the movement of manufactured homes on the highways. Chapter 278, Statutes of 1996 AB 650 (Speier-D) - Vehicles: Proof of Financial Responsibility Requires, beginning on January 1, 1997, every application for the renewal of registration of a vehicle to be accompanied by proof of compliance with the state's financial responsibility laws. Requires a driver to show proof of financial responsibility upon the demand of a peace officer, authorize the court impoundment of vehicles driven by persons without proof of financial responsibility or who provide false evidence of same, as specified, and establish fines, community service requirements, driver's license suspensions and related penalties for failure to comply with such provisions. Makes these provisions effective for 3 years and sunsets them on January 1, 2000. Chapter 1126, Statutes of 1996 A companion bill was SB 49 (Lockyer-D) which became Chapter 1109, Statutes of 1996. AB 669 (Bowler-R) - Special Interest License Plates: California Sesquicentennial Authorizes the issuance of special interest license plates bearing a graphic design depicting a significant feature of the California Gold Discovery to Statehood Sesquicentennial (150-year anniversary), subject to specified criteria and payment of special fees. Provides that net proceeds from the sale of the license plates would be used primarily by the California Sesquicentennial Foundation to plan and implement a sesquicentennial celebration. (Died in Senate Transportation Committee) AB 715* (Hannigan-D) - State Highway Route 113: Rerouting Requires State Highway Route 113 between Interstate 80 and Midway Road to be rerouted east to Pedrick Road, subject to an agreement between the Department of Transportation, County of Solano, and City of Dixon. Requires the City of Dixon and the County of Solano to assume responsibility for the portion of the existing State Highway Route 113 to be rerouted. Provides that the responsibility for the rerouted portion of State Highway Route 113 takes effect no later than January 1, 1996. (Died in Senate Transportation Committee) AB 735 (Knight-R) - Special Interest License Plates: Rotary International Authorizes the issuance of special interest license plates bearing a graphic design depicting a significant feature of Rotary International, subject to specified criteria and payment of special fees. Divides net proceeds from the sale of the license plates among Rotary International, the Rotary Club of California and the Rotary Club of Lancaster. (Died in Senate Transportation Committee) AB 964 (Isenberg-D) - Street Closures Authorizes 4 additional consecutive 18-month closures of a local road as a means of deterring serious and continuing criminal activity. Imposes conditions on the exercise of the road closure authority, including a public hearing requirement in advance of each 18-month closure extension. Chapter 231, Statutes of 1996 AB 1326 (Mazzoni-D) - Joint Exercise of Powers: Northwestern Pacific Railroad Authorizes the counties of Sonoma and Marin, and the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District to enter into a joint exercise of powers agreement to acquire the Northwestern Pacific Railway between Willits and Larkspur. Provides for a governing board which may be comprised of the members of the boards of supervisors from both counties and the directors of the district. (Died in Senate Transportation Committee) AB 1493 (Brown-D) - Speed Limit Establishes a speed limit of 35 miles per hour on State Highway Route 12 from Hoff Road to mile marker 27.3 in the community of Kenwood in Sonoma County. Also establishes speed limits on Route 101 in, or near, the City of Willits as follows: 1. Thirty-five miles per hour on South Main Street (State Highway Route 101) from the south city limits to the beginning of the 25-mile-per-hour zone in front of Howard Hospital. 2. Twenty-five miles per hour on North Main Street (State Highway Route 101) from the north city limits to the beginning of the 25-miles-per-hour zone in front of Willits High School. 3. Forty-five miles per hour from the point at which State Highway Route 101 narrows from 4 lanes to 2 lanes, at the south city limits. (Died in Senate Transportation Committee) AB 1560 (Gallegos-D) - Traffic Violator Schools Requires the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to develop, or contract to develop, a standardized curriculum designed to reduce traffic violations and accidents. Requires the owner of a Traffic Violator School (TVS) to use the standardized TVS curriculum as a condition for obtaining a license. Requires DMV-licensed TVSs and DMV-licensed instructors to use the curriculum no later than January 1, 1997. Requires the DMV to develop a comprehensive training program for the licensing of TVS instructors, and requires TVS owners to complete the program as a condition to obtain an instructor's license. Makes other requirements, as specified, of the DMV related to the licensing of TVSs and instructors. (Died in Senate Transportation Committee) AB 1640 (Pringle-R) - Transportation: Orange County Transportation Authority: Members: Employees Provides for a governing body of 10, rather than 12, members on the Orange County Transportation Authority board of directors, all of whom would be elected from districts established by the Orange County Board of Supervisors, as specified. Prohibits an employee of the authority from being a candidate or serving as a member of the authority. Authorizes the County of Orange to bill the authority for any costs incurred by the county resulting from this act. Imposes limitations on the making of gifts to members or employees of the Orange County Transportation Authority. (Died in Senate Appropriations Committee) AB 1669 (Takasugi-R) - Vehicles: Commercial Vehicle Inspections Requires the Commissioner of the California Highway Patrol to adopt rules and regulations to establish a program to allow peace officers who are not employees of the department to conduct the commercial vehicle inspections. (Died in Assembly Transportation Committee) AB 1720* (Hannigan-D) - Passenger Rail Service Makes technical changes to existing law relative to the Southern California Rail Authority. Chapter 878, Statutes of 1996 AB 1776 (Aguiar-R) - Rail Transportation Authorities: Pre- Qualified Bidders Authorizes a rail passenger joint powers authority to pre-qualify bidders for contracts with an estimated cost of between $1 million and $10 million, subject to specified conditions and procedures. (Died in Senate Transportation Committee) AB 1794 (Granlund-R) - State Highway Relinquishment Deletes that portion of Route 39 which is within the city limits of the City of Azusa, except that portion which is north of post mile 17, from the state highway system when the Department of Transportation and the city agree to the terms of the relinquishment. Requires that any lump sum payment by the department to the city be deposited in a special account and used solely for improving Azusa and San Gabriel Avenues. Chapter 264, Statutes of 1996 AB 1869* (Katz-D) - Annual Transportation Omnibus Clean-Up Bill Enacts a number of miscellaneous minor or nonsubstantive changes to different codes relating to transportation, including technical and clarifying provisions and the repeal of obsolete provisions, as a means of avoiding numerous single-issue bills. Chapter 10, Statutes of 1996 AB 1941 (Bordonaro-R) - Vehicle Registration: Confidential Records Deletes the officers of the Parole Hearings Division from the list of public officials whose home addresses are confidential. Authorizes the Department of Motor Vehicles to require a person whose home address in the records of that department is confidential under existing law to demonstrate his or her continued eligibility for that confidentiality upon renewal of a driver's license or identification card issued by the department, except as specified. Requires the department to notify the person within a specified period prior to the expiration of the driver's license or identification card of any requirement to demonstrate continued eligibility for confidentiality. Chapter 880, Statutes of 1996 AB 1958 (Napolitano-D) - Personal Watercraft: Dealers, Franchises and Sales Defines the terms "personal watercraft" and "new personal watercraft" for purposes of administering a regulatory scheme for the resolution of disputes between franchisors and franchisees of such watercraft (commonly called "jet skis"). Establishes for personal watercraft the same regulatory provisions now exercised by the New Motor Vehicle Board relative to motor vehicles, including resolution of warranty disputes, continuation or relocation of franchises and relevant market area protections. (Failed passage in Senate Transportation Committee) AB 2012 (Hauser-D) - North Coast Railroad Authority Removes the Department of Transportation District Director for District 1 from the Board of Directors of the North Coast Railroad Authority. Chapter 463, Statutes of 1996 AB 2027 (Frusetta-R) - Vehicles: Weights: Permits Requires local authorities to use a standard permit form developed by the Department of Transportation for the transportation of oversized vehicles. Limits the fees charged by local authorities for special transportation permits to an amount not exceeding the costs of administering such permit authority and not exceeding the fees charged by the Department of Transportation. Chapter 464, Statutes of 1996 AB 2047 (Hauser-D) - Automobile Dismantlers: Advertising Prohibits advertisement of the services of an automobile dismantler without indicating in the advertisement the occupational license or permit number of the dismantler. Chapter 265, Statutes of 1996 AB 2159 (Richter-R) - Audits of Public Transit Operators Requires the State Controller to summarize performance indicators for all public transit operators; requires transportation planning agencies to list actions that transit operators can take to achieve performance standards. (Failed passage in Assembly Transportation Committee) AB 2201 (House-R) - Vehicle Inspections: Hazardous Waste Repeals requirements for annual inspections of cargo tanks and hazardous waste transporters and instead requires the California Highway Patrol (CHP) to conduct a program of random inspections of such vehicles, tanks and transporters. Repeals related inspection fees and requires the CHP to adopt and enforce regulations necessary to achieve consistency with federal findings regarding hazardous waste transportation. Chapter 539, Statutes of 1996 AB 2244* (Woods-R) - Cotton Module Movers: Weight Limits Extends to 10 additional counties the exemption from weight limits for cotton module movers crossing state highways or traveling on specified county roads. Chapter 323, Statutes of 1996 AB 2246 (House-R) - State Highway Route 145: Relinquishment Provides for the relinquishment of a portion of State Highway Route 145 to the City of Madera. Chapter 540, Statutes of 1996 AB 2282 (Knox-D) - Carpool Lanes Authorizes, until January 1, 2001, the use of carpool lanes by certain clean fuel motor vehicles certified as such by either the United States Environmental Protection Agency or the California Air Resources Board, as specified. Vetoed by the Governor AB 2286 (Boland-R) - Vehicles: Report of Sale Forms Extends, by 10 days each, the period of time a motor vehicle dealer would have to report a used vehicle sale to the Department of Motor Vehicles or resubmit an incorrect registration application to the department. Revises related disciplinary actions against dealers and extends the time before the department could initiate certain disciplinary procedures and penalties. Double-joined with SB 1587 (see this section). Chapter 813, Statutes of 1996 AB 2345 (Morrissey-R) - Vehicles: Weight Violations Authorizes a court to exercise discretion in imposing fines for overweight violations involving the transporting of construction equipment under specified conditions. Chapter 456, Statutes of 1996 AB 2352 (Speier-D) - Driver's Licenses: Expiration Increases fees for specified licenses issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles, and increases the certificate to operate specified vehicles from 4 years to 5 years. Chapter 1043, Statutes of 1996 AB 2360 (Morrissey-R) - Firefighting Equipment Broadens the definition of firefighting equipment for purposes of determining the types of vehicles which may be operated with a restricted firefighter's license. Includes any vehicle used by a fire agency or department for any emergency situation. Chapter 322, Statutes of 1996 AB 2367 (Morrow-R) - Used Car Dealers: Education Requirements Requires an applicant for a motor vehicle dealer's license to first successfully complete a prescribed educational program and pass an examination administered by the Department of Motor Vehicles on specified subjects related to vehicle sales and dealer responsibilities. Establishes a fee for the examination and exempts new motor vehicle dealers and their employees from the bill. Chapter 1008, Statutes of 1996 AB 2370 (Takasugi-R) - Commercial Vehicles Prohibits commercial vehicles (other than buses and pickup trucks) used to transport property or other specified vehicles designed to haul goods from using High Occupancy Vehicle lanes. (Died in Senate Appropriations Committee) AB 2410 (McPherson-R) - Drivers Hours of Service: Exceptions Makes exceptions to the maximum hours-of-service limits for drivers transporting farm supplies or services, including fertilizers, feeds and equipment. Establishes exceptions for transporting specified hazardous materials, and grants the Commissioner of the California Highway Patrol authority to regulate such drivers. Sunsets on January 1, 2000. (Died in Senate Transportation Committee) AB 2417 (Bustamante-D) - Farm Vehicles Creates a category of exempted agriculture-related vehicles in current registration regulations. Chapter 650, Statutes of 1996 AB 2419 (Bowler-R) - Congestion Management Programs Modifies the existing congestion management agency (CMA)/congestion management program (CMP) mandate so that urbanized counties and cities now required to participate in the program would be able to opt out of the program and its requirements. In order to opt out of CMP, requires that a majority of local governments within an urbanized county, collectively comprised of the city councils and the county boards of supervisors, which in total also represent a majority of the population. Chapter 293, Statutes of 1996 AB 2420 (Hannigan-D) - Yolo County Transportation District Establishes the Yolo County Transportation District and prescribes the district's governing board, powers, duties and functions. Authorizes a special election to impose a transactions and use tax as well as seek approval to issue bonds to cover capital outlays. Chapter 457, Statutes of 1996 AB 2450 (Hauser-D) - Costs: Vehicle Registration Requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to report to the Legislature by March 1, 1997 on the fiscal justification for determining the price it charges for providing vehicle registration information to entities authorized to request that information, as specified. (Died in Senate Transportation Committee) AB 2487 (Firestone-R) - Driver's License: Class C: Vehicle Combinations Adds 2 combinations of vehicles which could be operated by a driver with a Class C driver's license. Allows Class C drivers to operate vehicle combinations under 26,000 pounds when the driver is a farmer engaged in agricultural operations or when the driver is transporting a boat for recreational purposes. Sunsets on January 1, 2001. Chapter 819, Statutes of 1996 AB 2495 (Margett-R) - Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority: Membership Changes the membership of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority from 14 members to 15 members. (Sent to interim study) AB 2516 (Bowler-R) - Department of Transportation: Contracts Clarifies the authority of the Department of Transportation to enter into contracts for research, development, testing, implementation and operation of advanced transportation technology applications. (Failed passage on Assembly Floor) AB 2573 (Bowler-R) - Motor Fuel Blending Creates a new crime with an alternative misdemeanor/felony penalty and fines for the unlawful blending of motor vehicle fuels. Vetoed by the Governor AB 2574 (Bowler-R) - Motor Vehicle Dealers Increases a licensed motor vehicle dealer's (licensee) unadvertised document preparation charges from not more than $35 to not more than $45. Chapter 186, Statutes of 1996 AB 2590 (Burton-D) - Bay Area Rapid Transit: Contracts Increases, from $50,000 to $100,000, the maximum amount of contracts on which the general manager of the Bay Area Rapid Transit District could act for the district's governing board. Chapter 244, Statutes of 1996 AB 2636 (Bowler-R) - Sacramento Regional Transit Authorizes the board of directors of the Sacramento Regional Transit District to enact specified ordinances prohibiting certain acts relative to district facilities and property and establishing penalties for violations of such prohibitions. Authorizes the board to designate employees as inspectors or supervisors with the power to enforce district ordinances and arrest persons committing specified acts. Chapter 266, Statutes of 1996 AB 2638 (Bowler-R) - Local Parking Ordinances: Exemptions Makes a local parking ordinance ineffective in a business or residence district with respect to a dump truck and trailer unit serving a construction site when the units must be separated in order to complete the transportation of the 2nd vehicle's load. (Died in Senate Transportation Committee) AB 2641 (Bowler-R) - Electronic Devices Allows electronic devices, capable of communicating with California Highway Patrol enforcement facilities or being used for electronic toll collection or traffic management purposes, to be affixed to a 5-inch by 5-inch area in the center upper most portion of the interior of motor vehicle windshields. (Died in Senate Transportation Committee) AB 2652 (Goldsmith-R) - Drivers License or Identification Card Cancellation Authorizes the Department of Motor Vehicles to cancel the driver's license or identification card of any person who has been deemed to be deportable by the Immigration and Naturalization Service. (Failed passage on Assembly Floor) AB 2685 (Kaloogian-R) - Speed Limit Authorizes the County of San Diego to establish a 35-miles-per- hour speed limit in Rancho Santa Fe and use radar for its enforcement. (Failed passage in Senate Transportation Committee) AB 2703 (Bowler-R) - Motor Carriers: Incentive Programs Provides that the prima facie speed limit is 35 miles per hour on any highway other than a state highway, in any moderate density residential district, when posted with a sign giving notice of that speed limit, unless a different speed is determined by local authority under procedures set forth in the Vehicle Code. (Died in Senate Transportation Committee) AB 2779 (Knox-D) - State Highway Relinquishment Requires the California Transportation Commission, if it determines that it is in the best interests of the state to do so, to relinquish that portion of State Highway Route 2 located within the City of West Hollywood to that city, if the city agrees to accept it. Deletes the relinquished portion from the state highway system. If the city accepts that relinquished portion of highway, requires it to maintain the existing signing that identifies the highway as State Highway Route 2. Chapter 823, Statutes of 1996 AB 2784 (Hauser-R) - Call Boxes Establishes a procedure to implement a motorist-aid call box program in rural counties. (Sent to interim study) AB 2788 (Baldwin-R) - Prisoner of War: License Plates Exempts holders of prisoner of war license plates from the $25 annual retention fee for plates retained but not used on a vehicle. Chapter 735, Statutes of 1996 AB 2798 (Baldwin-R) - Motorcycles: Mileage: Emissions Certification Lowers the mileage threshold for determining whether a motorcycle is new or used for purposes of emissions certification, from 7,500 miles to 1,350 miles. (Died in Senate Transportation Committee) AB 2839 (Hoge-R) - Department of Motor Vehicles' Records: Indian Tribes Requires that specified Department of Motor Vehicles' information be made available to an Indian tribe for background checks on specified employees relative to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. Vetoed by the Governor AB 2840 (Hoge-R) - Freeway Agreement for Route 710 Repeals effective January 1, 1998, an exemption that the Department of Motor Vehicles enjoys from the requirement to obtain a freeway agreement from any city in which a city street must be closed in order to proceed with freeway construction. Applies only to a proposed project to close a gap in Route 710 through the City of South Pasadena. (Died in Senate Transportation Committee) AB 2852 (Knox-D) - Vehicle Devices and Documents: Unlawful Possession Provides that it is a misdemeanor to possess specified vehicle identification devices. Chapter 697, Statutes of 1996 AB 2854 (Lee-D) - Oakland Estuary Bridge Authorizes the Legislative Analyst to review the operation and purposes served by the movable span bridges over the Oakland inner harbor tidal canal, and to report to the Legislature not later than June 30, 1997, on the state interests served by participating in the financial support of the bridges. Provides that Alameda County would pay any costs incurred by the Legislative Analyst. Vetoed by the Governor AB 2920 (Brewer-R) - Vehicles: Youth Buses Allows a youth bus to transport children to or from a residence if the driver has been certified and received special training. Chapter 774, Statutes of 1996 AB 2974 (Olberg-R) - Vehicle Registration: Criminal Justice Administration Fees Authorizes an agency, such as a city or county, to file an itemization of unpaid fees with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) of any vehicle if (1) the registered owner or lessee of the vehicle has been ordered by a court to pay the criminal justice administrative fees; (2) the agency authorized to charge the fees has provided DMV an itemization of the fees owed; and (3) the fees have not been paid, unless the fees have been paid to DMV at the time of application for renewal of registration. (Died in Assembly Appropriations Committee) AB 3003 (Pringle-R) - Driver's License Test: Pilot Program Extends for 1 year a pilot program relative to behind-the-wheel driving tests. Chapter 922, Statutes of 1996 AB 3020* (Bowler-R) - Omnibus Transportation Act of 1996 Enacts numerous miscellaneous changes in statutes relating to transportation as a means of avoiding numerous single-provision bills. Chapter 1154, Statutes of 1996 AB 3057 (Hauser-D) - Vehicles: Notices to Appear Establishes a procedure for filing an affidavit of nonliability by a rental car agency relative to a citation for a red light violation recorded by an automated camera. Vetoed by the Governor AB 3095* (Villaraigosa-D) - Traffic Amnesty Programs Authorizes any county to operate an additional, one-time, traffic fine amnesty program. Chapter 742, Statutes of 1996 AB 3157 (Martinez-D) - Parking Violations Makes several changes to parking citation provisions, including exempting guests of residents from certain local parking restrictions, requiring a corrected notice of a parking violation to be mailed to a vehicle's registered owner, allowing state agencies to recover vehicle impound and storage costs and clarifying the effective dates of notices of parking violations. Double-joined with SB 1797 (see Law Enforcement) and AB 3020 (see this section). Chapter 1156, Statutes of 1996 AB 3202 (Escutia-D) - Intermodal Corridor Provides that any federally-designated "corridor of national significance" is an intermodal corridor of economic significance under state law. (Died in Senate Transportation Committee) AB 3273 (Machado-D) - Minors' Drivers Licenses Prohibits the Department of Motor Vehicles from issuing driver's licenses to pupils under the age of 18 who are not attending school. (Failed passage in Assembly Transportation Committee) AB 3323* (Hannigan-D) - Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Demonstration Program Fund Appropriates $873,756 from the Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Fund for specified projects in Solano, San Diego, and Orange Counties. Chapter 701, Statutes of 1996 ACR 85 (Baca-D) - Alameda Corridor Project Requests the Secretary of Trade and Commerce and the Secretary of Business, Transportation and Housing to review studies relative to the Inland Empire, as specified. Resolution Chapter 60, Statutes of 1996 NOTE: For auto insurance legislation, see the Insurance section of this book.