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          SENATE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
                             Senator Ricardo Lara, Chair
                            2015 - 2016  Regular  Session

          SB 812 (Hill) - Charter-party carriers of passengers:  passenger  
          stage corporations:  private carriers of passengers
          
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          |Version: April 27, 2016         |Policy Vote: T. & H. 10 - 0,    |
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          |Urgency: No                     |Mandate: Yes                    |
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          |Hearing Date: May 27, 2016      |Consultant: Mark McKenzie       |
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          Bill  
          Summary:  SB 812 would make changes to the bus terminal  
          inspection program and require the California Highway Patrol  
          (CHP) to perform additional unannounced inspections and follow  
          up inspections, as specified.  The bill would also require the  
          California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to monitor recall  
          notifications relative to buses and limousines, notify operators  
          of recalls, and issue out-of-service orders for vehicles  
          requiring certain recall repairs.


          *********** ANALYSIS ADDENDUM - SUSPENSE FILE ***********
             The following information is revised to reflect amendments 
                      adopted by the committee on May 27, 2016




          Fiscal  
          Impact:  
                CHP costs:







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            Estimated CHP costs of up to $75,000 to develop and adopt  
            regulations to modify the tour bus inspection program and the  
            fee schedule.  (Motor Vehicle Account)

           Estimated CHP staff costs off approximately $1 million to $1.4  
            million in the first year, and $500,000 to $700,000 annually  
            ongoing for 6-8 PY of new inspection staff.  First year costs  
            include initial training and equipment costs for new staff.   
            (Motor Vehicle Account)   

           Unknown, significant revenue gains as a result of the  
            requirement that CHP adopt a fee schedule that covers its  
            costs to administer the inspection program.  Increased fee  
            revenues would fully offset the increased staffing costs noted  
            above, and correct structural deficits in the current program.  
            (Motor Vehicle Account)

           CPUC costs:  
           One-time CPUC costs of approximately $100,000 to make  
            necessary automation upgrades.  (Transportation Reimbursement  
            Account)

           Ongoing CPUC staff costs of approximately $330,000 for  PY  
            (Administrative Law Judge, and Legal Counsel) for a  
            proceeding, conducting additional formal hearings in carrier  
            permit revocation cases, and associated formal litigation.   
            (Transportation Reimbursement Account)


          



          Author  
          Amendments:  
                 Delete provisions that require CPUC to monitor recall  
               notifications relative to buses and limousines and notify  
               operators of recalls, and authorize CPUC to issue  
               out-of-service orders for vehicles requiring certain recall  
               repairs.


                 Require, rather an authorize, that a maintenance  
               facility or terminal that receives two or more successive  








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               satisfactory ratings be inspected at least once every 26  
               months, rather than every 13 months, as specified.




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