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          Bill No:  AB 2777
          Author:   Assembly Transportation Committee
          Amended:  8/12/10 in Senate
          Vote:     21

           
           SENATE TRANSPORTATION & HOUSING COMMITTEE  :  8-0, 6/29/10
          AYES:  Lowenthal, Huff, DeSaulnier, Harman, Kehoe, Pavley,  
            Simitian, Wolk
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Ashburn

           SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE  :  Senate Rule 28.8

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR  :  74-0, 4/29/10 (Consent) - See last page  
            for vote


           SUBJECT  :    Transportation:  omnibus bill

           SOURCE  :     Author


           DIGEST  :    This bill makes non-controversial changes to  
          sections of law relating to transportation.

           ANALYSIS  :    This bill includes the following provisions:

          1.  Deleting obsolete reporting requirements  .  [Sections 1,  
             2, and 3]  Current law includes a number of reporting  
             requirements and an advisory committee that are no  
             longer relevant.  This bill deletes the following  
             obsolete requirements.  

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             A.    A requirement that the California Highway Patrol  
                submit a risk assessment of California  
                transportation's system to the Legislature by  
                January 1, 2003. 
              
             B.    A requirement that the Department of  
                Transportation (Caltrans) establish an advisory  
                committee to develop recommendations on ways to  
                upgrade and modernize Caltrans' data automation  
                system to better track project delivery. 
              
             C.    A requirement that the California Transportation  
                Commission report to the Legislature by September  
                1, 2002, on the impact of adding an advance project  
                development element to the State Transportation  
                Improvement Program.

             D.    A requirement that the Department of Motor  
                Vehicles (DMV) submit an annual consolidated report  
                to the Legislature regarding the revenues and  
                expenditures related to special interest license  
                plates for non-profit organizations.

          2.  California Transportation Financing Authority (CTFA)  
             vote threshold  .  [Section 4]  AB 798 (Nava), Chapter  
             474, Statutes of 2009, establishes the CTFA to assist  
             transportation agencies in obtaining financing,  
             primarily through issuing bonds backed by specified  
             sources of revenue, to develop transportation projects.   
             The CTFA board consists of seven members: five  
             ex-officio members and one member each appointed by the  
             Assembly Speaker and Senate Rules Committee.  AB 798  
             established a quorum as four members and requires a vote  
             of a quorum to approve any action.  Consistent with all  
             of the other boards and commissions housed within the  
             Treasurer's Office, this bill instead requires a  
             majority vote of present members to approve an action  
             after a quorum has been established.  

          3.  Grammatical corrections  .  [Section 5]  Legislative  
             Counsel has identified some grammatical errors in a  
             section of law proscribing transit-related crimes.  The  
             amendments correct these errors.


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          4.  Correcting a cross-reference relating to ambulance  
             drivers  .  [Section 6] Current law establishes the  
             pull-notice system, which provides the employer of a  
             driver who drives a specified type of vehicle, including  
             an ambulance driver, with a report showing the driver's  
             current public record and any subsequent convictions,  
             driver's license revocations, failures to appear,  
             accidents, driver's license suspensions, driver's  
             license revocations, or any other actions taken against  
             the driving privilege. With respect to ambulance  
             drivers, current law cross-references the incorrect  
             section.  The bill corrects the mistaken  
             cross-reference.

          5.  Disabled license plates  .  [Sections 7 and 11]  Current  
             law requires the DMV to issue special license plates to  
             disabled persons and disabled veterans.  Current law  
             also allows a disabled person or disabled veteran  
             displaying such a plate to park for unlimited periods in  
             time-restricted spaces and for free at metered spaces.   
             This bill clarifies that disabled persons license plates  
             and disabled veterans license plates may only be issued  
             for motor vehicles, as opposed to vehicles, a term which  
             includes trailers.    

          6.  Commemorative license plates  .  [Sections 8 and 9]   
             Current law authorizes DMV to issue both commemorative  
             Olympic license plates and commemorative collegiate  
             license plates.  This bill clarifies that DMV may issue  
             Olympic and commemorative collegiate license plates as  
             environmental (or "vanity") license plates, displaying  
             numbers and letters requested by the vehicle owner.  

          7.  Apportionately registered fleet vehicles  .  [Section 10]   
             Current law requires DMV to apportionately register and  
             tax commercial vehicles that are based in other states  
             or countries and that use California highways.  DMV may  
             make these apportionment calculations on a fleet-wide  
             basis and may place a lien upon all the vehicles of the  
             fleet if the taxes are not paid.  If a fleet owner  
             contests the amount or existence of a lien, DMV must  
             issue its findings, and the fleet owner then has 20 days  
             to request an administrative hearing.  This bill  
             conforms California law to federal law by allowing  

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             commercial vehicle fleet owners 30 days, rather than the  
             current 20 days, to request an administrative hearing of  
             a fleet apportionment lien.  

          8. Contains double-jointing language with AB 1648  
             (Jeffries) and AB 1944 (Fletcher).

           FISCAL EFFECT  :    Appropriation:  No   Fiscal Com.:  Yes    
          Local:  No

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR  : 
          AYES:  Adams, Ammiano, Anderson, Arambula, Beall, Bill  
            Berryhill, Tom Berryhill, Blakeslee, Block, Blumenfield,  
            Bradford, Brownley, Buchanan, Charles Calderon, Carter,  
            Chesbro, Conway, Cook, Coto, Davis, De La Torre, De Leon,  
            DeVore, Emmerson, Eng, Evans, Feuer, Fletcher, Fong,  
            Fuentes, Fuller, Furutani, Gaines, Galgiani, Garrick,  
            Gilmore, Hagman, Hall, Harkey, Hayashi, Hernandez, Hill,  
            Huber, Huffman, Jeffries, Knight, Lieu, Logue, Ma,  
            Mendoza, Miller, Monning, Nava, Nestande, Niello,  
            Nielsen, Norby, V. Manuel Perez, Portantino, Ruskin,  
            Salas, Saldana, Silva, Skinner, Smyth, Solorio, Audra  
            Strickland, Swanson, Torlakson, Torres, Tran, Villines,  
            Yamada, John A. Perez
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Bass, Caballero, Jones, Bonnie  
            Lowenthal, Torrico, Vacancy


          JJA:do  8/16/10   Senate Floor Analyses 

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