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          Date of Hearing:  August 19, 2015


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                                 Jimmy Gomez, Chair


          SB 491  
          (Committee on Transportation and Housing) - As Amended June 29,  
          2015


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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  YesReimbursable:   
          No


          SUMMARY:


          This omnibus bill makes numerous changes to provisions of law  
          regarding transportation, including:








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          1)Removing the requirement for Caltrans to report the delivery  
            date of the construction phase of a project as erroneously  
            required by SB 486 (DeSaulnier), Chapter 917, Statutes of  
            2014.


          2)Prohibiting the wearing of earbuds or headsets covering,  
            resting on, or inserted in both ears when operating a motor  
            vehicle or bicycle.  


          3)Restoring the California Transportation Commission's (CTC's)  
            authority to relinquish segments of State Routes (SR) 92, 185,  
            and 238 to the City of Hayward, if Caltrans and the City reach  
            an agreement. These provisions are identical to the provisions  
            of prior legislation granting CTC relinquishment authority for  
            these route segments [AB 1386 (Hayashi), Chapter 291, Statutes  
            of 2009], which were inadvertently removed by the 2012  
            Transportation Omnibus Bill, [AB 2679 (Committee on  
            Transportation), Chapter 769, Statutes of 2012.]


          4)Making technical corrections to statutory provisions  
            pertaining to prior relinquishments to ensure the statutes  
            accurately reflect the statutory provisions authorizing those  
            relinquishments.


          5)Making the Vehicle Code consistent with the principally at  
            fault accident determinations under the Insurance Regulations  
            by increasing the threshold for reporting an accident with  
            property damage to the DMV from $750 to $1,000.


          6)Making numerous other technical and clarifying changes.










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          FISCAL EFFECT:


          Negligible fiscal impact.


          COMMENTS:


          Purpose. The Assembly Transportation Committee and the Senate  
          Transportation and Housing Committee (Committees) traditionally  
          author an annual transportation omnibus bill, combining various  
          statutory modifications that are technical in nature,  
          non-controversial, and have no opposition into a single bill.   
          Suggestions for omnibus provisions are solicited from a broad  
          range of stakeholders.  The Committees insist that the  
          transportation omnibus bill be a consensus measure, therefore,  
          if there is opposition to an item, it must be removed.  There is  
          no known opposition to any item in this bill.


          Analysis Prepared by:Chuck Nicol / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081