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          SB 993 (Huff)
          As Amended  August 20, 2010
          Majority vote

           SENATE VOTE  :35-0  
           TRANSPORTATION      14-0        APPROPRIATIONS      17-0        
          |Ayes:|Bonnie Lowenthal,         |Ayes:|Fuentes, Conway,          |                          |
          |     |Jeffries,                 |     |Bradford,                 |                          |
          |     |Bill Berryhill,           |     |Huffman, Coto, Davis, De  |                          |
          |     |Blumenfield, Buchanan,    |     |Leon, Gatto, Hall,        |                          |
          |     |Eng, Furutani, Galgiani,  |     |Harkey, Miller, Nielsen,  |                          |
          |     |Hayashi, Miller, Niello,  |     |Norby, Skinner, Solorio,  |                          |
          |     |Norby, Portantino,        |     |Torlakson, Torrico        |                          |
          |     |Solorio                   |     |                          |                          |
          |     |                          |     |                          |                          |
           SUMMARY  :  Authorizes the California Transportation Commission  
          (CTC) to relinquish State Route (SR) 66 in the City of Claremont  
          to the City of Claremont and SR 19 in the City of Lakewood to  
          the City of Lakewood, upon terms and conditions that the CTC  
          finds to be in the best interests of the state; updates the  
          statutory route definitions of SR 66 and SR 19 to reflect  
          previous relinquishments; resolves chaptering out conflicts.  

           EXISTING LAW  :  

          1)Statutorily identifies state highway system routes.  

          2)Defines "state highway" as any roadway that is acquired, laid  
            out, constructed, improved, or maintained as a state highway  
            pursuant to constitutional or legislative authorization.  

          3)Specifies that it is the intent of the Legislature that the  
            prescribed routes of the state highway system connect the  
            communities and regions of the state and that they serve the  
            state's economy by connecting centers of commerce, industry,  
            agriculture, mineral wealth, and recreation.  

          4)Provides for the expansion or deletion of the state highway  
            system through a process whereby CTC makes a finding that it  


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            is in the best interest of the state to include or delete a  
            specified portion of roadway to the system.  

          5)Provides for the relinquishment of a portion of state highway  
            to a city or county under an agreement between the local  
            jurisdiction and the Department of Transportation (Caltrans)  
            when an act of the Legislature has deleted the portion of  
            highway from the state highway system.  

           FISCAL EFFECT  :  According to the Assembly Appropriations  

          1)Potentially moderate one-time costs, depending on the outcome  
            of negotiations between Caltrans and the city and on CTC  

          2)Long-term maintenance and repair savings to Caltrans if the  
            CTC exercises its authority to relinquish the highway segment.  

           COMMENTS  :  Each session, numerous bills authorizing CTC to  
          relinquish segments of the state highway system to local  
          jurisdictions are passed by the Legislature and signed by the  
          Governor.  Relinquishment transactions are generally preceded by  
          a negotiation of terms and conditions between the local  
          jurisdiction and Caltrans.  Once an agreement has been  
          established, CTC typically approves the relinquishment and  
          verifies its approval via a resolution.  The final step is for  
          the Legislature to delete these segments from current law.  

          State highway relinquishments provide recipient agencies with  
          greater control over a local transportation segment and relieve  
          Caltrans of any further responsibility to improve, maintain, or  
          repair it.  

          The City of Claremont is seeking relinquishment of SR 66 from  
          the state because it believes controlling the highway within its  
          city limits is critically important to its future redevelopment  
          plans.  Similarly, the City of Lakewood is seeking  
          relinquishment of SR 19 within its city boundaries.  

          Related legislation:   
          SB 246 (Brulte), Chapter 248, Statutes of 2002, permitted the  
          portion of SR 66 in the City of Rancho Cucamonga to be  


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          relinquished to the city.  

          SB 857 (Soto), Chapter 251, Statutes of 2002, permitted the  
          portion of SR 66 in the City of Fontana to be relinquished to  
          the city.  

          AB 3030 (Emmerson), Chapter 507, Statutes of 2006, permitted the  
          relinquishment of the portion of SR 66 in the City of Upland.  

          SB 1366 (Negrete McLeod), Chapter 717, Statutes of 2008,  
          permitted the relinquishment of the portion of SR 66 in the City  
          of Rialto.  

          Analysis Prepared by  :   Janet Dawson / TRANS. / (916) 319-2093 

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