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                                      CONSENT 


          Bill No:  AB 1284
          Author:   Baker (R)
          Amended:  4/8/15 in Assembly
          Vote:     21  

           SENATE TRANS. & HOUSING COMMITTEE:  11-0, 6/23/15
           AYES:  Beall, Cannella, Allen, Bates, Gaines, Galgiani, Leyva,  
            McGuire, Mendoza, Roth, Wieckowski

           SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE:  Senate Rule 28.8

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR:  74-0, 5/22/15 (Consent) - See last page for  
            vote

           SUBJECT:   Bay Area state-owned toll bridges:  Toll Bridge  
                     Program Oversight Committee


          SOURCE:    Author


          DIGEST:  This bill subjects the Toll Bridge Program Oversight  
          Committee (TBPOC) to the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act.


          ANALYSIS:   


          Existing law:
          
          1)Requires, generally, under the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act,  
            that all meetings of a state body be open and public and that  
            all persons be permitted to attend and participate in any  
            meeting of a state body.









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          2)Requires, similarly, under the Ralph M. Brown Act, that all  
            meetings of a local government body be open and public and  
            that all persons be permitted to attend and participate in any  
            meeting. 

          3)Establishes the TBPOC consisting of the Director of the  
            California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the  
            Executive Directors of the California Transportation  
            Commission and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

          4)Assigns to the TBPOC the responsibility of reviewing project  
            status, costs, and schedules; evaluating project changes and  
            resolving project issues; and providing program direction for  
            all phases of the San Francisco Bay Area toll bridge projects.

          5)Exempts the TBPOC from the requirements of both the  
            Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act and the Ralph M. Brown Act.

          This bill subjects the TBPOC to the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting  
          Act.
          
          Comments

          1)Purpose.  According to the author, transparency is essential  
            to accountability, and the TBPOC needs transparency.  Through  
            2013 and 2014, the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee  
            held a series of informational hearings on the construction  
            problems with the Bay Bridge.  The committee's final report  
            detailed findings from a number of outside entities, including  
            Caltrans itself.  All reports identified an existing lack of  
            transparency to the public and oversight entities for the Bay  
            Bridge project, despite receiving billions of taxpayer  
            dollars.  While the TBPOC adopted an "open meetings policy,"  
            the policy allows the TBPOC to meet in closed session on "any  
            matter" for any reason deemed by its members to be in the  
            public interest.  The TBPOC can similarly expunge the record  
            so that there is no report that a meeting took place or action  
            was taken.  The author introduced this bill to ensure  
            much-needed transparency within the TBPOC's meetings.

          2)Is this bill necessary?  The work of the TBPOC will be ending  
            shortly.  All of the state-owned toll bridges under its  








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            oversight have achieved seismic safety, and the one remaining  
            project, the demolition of the old east span of the San  
            Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, is due to be completed next  
            year.  While concern about the transparency of the TBPOC is  
            legitimate, it is unclear what this bill will accomplish now  
            that the TBPOC's work is all but over.

          FISCAL EFFECT:   Appropriation:    No          Fiscal  
          Com.:YesLocal:   No







          SUPPORT:   (Verified7/8/15)


          None received


          OPPOSITION:   (Verified7/8/15)


          None received

          ASSEMBLY FLOOR:  74-0, 5/22/15
          AYES:  Achadjian, Travis Allen, Baker, Bigelow, Bloom, Bonilla,  
            Bonta, Brough, Brown, Burke, Calderon, Campos, Chang, Chau,  
            Chávez, Chiu, Chu, Cooley, Cooper, Dababneh, Dahle, Daly,  
            Dodd, Eggman, Frazier, Beth Gaines, Gallagher, Cristina  
            Garcia, Eduardo Garcia, Gatto, Gipson, Gomez, Gonzalez,  
            Gordon, Gray, Grove, Hadley, Harper, Roger Hernández, Holden,  
            Irwin, Jones-Sawyer, Kim, Lackey, Levine, Linder, Lopez, Low,  
            Maienschein, Mathis, Mayes, McCarty, Medina, Melendez, Mullin,  
            Nazarian, Obernolte, Patterson, Perea, Quirk, Rendon,  
            Ridley-Thomas, Rodriguez, Salas, Santiago, Steinorth, Mark  
            Stone, Thurmond, Ting, Wagner, Wilk, Williams, Wood, Atkins
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Alejo, Jones, O'Donnell, Olsen, Waldron,  
            Weber









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          Prepared by:Eric Thronson / T. & H. / (916) 651-4121
          7/8/15 16:35:05


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