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SB-1141 State highways: transfer to local agencies: pilot program.(2015-2016)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 155.7 is added to the Streets and Highways Code, to read:

155.7.
 (a) The department shall participate in a pilot program over a five-year period under which two counties, one in northern California and one in southern California, may be selected pursuant to subdivision (b) to operate, maintain, and make improvements to all state highways, including freeways, in the affected county. The department, with respect to those counties, shall, for the duration of the pilot program, convey all of its authority and responsibility over state highways in the county to the county or to a regional transportation agency that has jurisdiction in the county.
(b) The commission shall administer and oversee the pilot program and shall, from applications received, select the county or counties that will participate in the program no later than January 1, 2018. The commission shall exercise the same level of oversight over expenditure of state highway resources in a participating county as it exercises over the department with respect to state highways in nonparticipating counties. Participation of a county in the pilot program is voluntary.
(c) If the commission is unable to select at least one county to participate in the pilot program by January 1, 2018, because no county has submitted an application to the commission, this section shall become inoperative on January 15, 2018.
(d) For the duration of the pilot program, moneys shall be appropriated as a block grant in the annual Budget Act to a participating county in an amount equivalent to federal and state funds otherwise to be expended by the department on the state highways in the county, including, among other things, funding for operations, maintenance, capital outlay support, the State Highway Operation and Protection Program, and the State Transportation Improvement Program. The commission, in consultation with the department, shall determine the applicable grant amounts for each participating county and shall submit its recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature.
(e) Any cost savings realized by a participating county, compared to comparable expenditures that otherwise would have been undertaken by the department on state highways in the county in the absence of the pilot program, may be used by the county for other transportation priorities consistent with eligible expenditures for the funding source involved, subject to approval by the commission.
(f) The participating counties shall report to the Legislature upon the conclusion of the pilot program, in the manner provided in Section 9795 of the Government Code.