BILL NUMBER: AB 1194	INTRODUCED
	BILL TEXT


INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Members Ammiano and V. Manuel Pérez
   (Coauthors: Assembly Members Alejo, Levine, and Pan)

                        FEBRUARY 22, 2013

   An act to amend Section 2333.5 of the Streets and Highways Code,
relating to transportation.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   AB 1194, as introduced, Ammiano. Safe Routes to School Program.
   Existing law creates the Safe Routes to School Program,
administered by the Department of Transportation in consultation with
the Department of the California Highway Patrol. Existing law
requires the department to award grants to local government agencies
based on the results of a statewide competition, under which
proposals submitted for funding are rated based on various factors.
Existing law provides for the program to be funded from state and
federal funds, as specified.
   This bill would require the program to be funded by an annual
appropriation in the budget act of not less than $46,000,000,
consisting of federal and state transportation funds eligible to be
expended for this purpose. The bill would authorize the transfer of
the responsibility for selecting projects and awarding grants from
the Department of Transportation to the California Transportation
Commission, at the discretion of the Transportation Agency. The bill
would also delete references to a superseded federal transportation
act.
   Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes.
State-mandated local program: no.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  SECTION 1.  Section 2333.5 of the Streets and Highways Code is
amended to read:
   2333.5.  (a) The department, in consultation with the Department
of the California Highway Patrol, shall establish and administer a
"Safe Routes to School" construction program for construction of
bicycle and pedestrian safety and traffic calming projects.
   (b) The department shall award grants to local governmental
agencies under the program based on the results of a statewide
competition that requires submission of proposals for funding and
rates those proposals on all of the following factors:
   (1) Demonstrated needs of the applicant.
   (2) Potential of the proposal for reducing child injuries and
fatalities.
   (3) Potential of the proposal for encouraging increased walking
and bicycling among students.
   (4) Identification of safety hazards.
   (5) Identification of current and potential walking and bicycling
routes to school.
   (6) Use of a public participation process, including, but not
limited to, a public meeting that satisfies all of the following:
   (A) Involves the public, schools, parents, teachers, local
agencies, the business community, key professionals, and others.
   (B) Identifies community priorities and gathers community input to
guide the development of projects included in the proposal.
   (C) Ensures that community priorities are reflected in the
proposal.
   (D) Secures support for the proposal by relevant stakeholders.
   (7) Benefit to a low-income school, defined for purposes of this
section to mean a school where at least 75 percent of students are
eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals under the National
School Lunch Program. 
   (c) Any annual budget allocation to fund grants described in
subdivision (b) shall be in addition to any federal funding received
by the state that is designated for "Safe Routes to School" projects
pursuant to Section 1404 of SAFETEA-LU or any similar program funded
through a subsequent transportation act.  
    (c) The program shall be funded by an annual appropriation in the
Budget Act of not less than forty-six million dollars ($46,000,000),
consisting of federal and state transportation funds eligible to be
expended for this purpose. 
   (d) Any federal funding received by the state that is designated
for "Safe Routes to School" projects shall be distributed by the
department under the competitive grant process, consistent with all
applicable federal requirements.
   (e) Prior to the award of any construction grant or the department'
s use of those funds for a "Safe Routes to School" construction
project encompassing a freeway, state highway, or county road, the
department shall consult with, and obtain approval from, the
Department of the California Highway Patrol, ensuring that the "Safe
Routes to School" proposal complements the California Highway Patrol'
s Pedestrian Corridor Safety Program and is consistent with its
statewide pedestrian safety statistical analysis.
   (f) The department is encouraged to coordinate with law
enforcement agencies' community policing efforts in establishing and
maintaining the "Safe Routes to School" construction program.
   (g) In the development of guidelines and procedures governing this
program, the department shall fully consider the needs of low-income
schools.
   (h) Up to 10 percent of program funds may be used to assist
eligible recipients in making infrastructure improvements, other than
schoolbus shelters, that create safe routes to schoolbus stops that
are located outside the vicinity of schools. 
   (i) At the discretion of the Transportation Agency, the
responsibility for selecting projects and awarding grants under this
section pursuant to the statewide competitive grant process may be
transferred from the department to the commission.