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AB-1442 Bonds: transportation: water projects.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 03/29/2017 04:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 28, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1442


Introduced by Assembly Member Travis Allen

February 17, 2017


An act relating to transportation. An act to add Section 2704.096 to the Streets and Highways Code, relating to transportation.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1442, as amended, Travis Allen. Bonds: transportation: water projects.
Existing law, the Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act for the 21st Century, approved by the voters as Proposition 1A at the November 4, 2008, general election, provides for the issuance of general obligation bonds in the amount of $9 billion for high-speed rail purposes and $950 million for other related rail purposes. Article XVI of the California Constitution requires measures authorizing general obligation bonds to specify the single object or work to be funded by the bonds and further requires a bond act to be approved by a 2/3 vote of each house of the Legislature and a majority of the voters.
Under existing law the Department of Water Resources operates the State Water Resources Development System, known as the State Water Project, in accordance with the California Water Resources Development Bond Act, to supply water to persons and entities in the state. Under existing law, the State Water Project is comprised of the State Water Facilities, as defined in the California Water Resources Development Bond Act, and additions determined by the department to be necessary and desirable.
This bill would provide that no further bonds shall be sold for high-speed rail purposes pursuant to the Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act for the 21st Century, except as specifically provided with respect to an existing appropriation for high-speed rail purposes for early improvement projects in the Phase 1 blended system. The bill, subject to the above exception, would require redirection of the unspent proceeds received from outstanding bonds issued and sold for other high-speed rail purposes prior to the effective date of these provisions, upon appropriation, for use in retiring the debt incurred from the issuance and sale of those outstanding bonds. The bill, subject to the above exception, would also require the net proceeds of other bonds subsequently issued and sold under the high-speed rail portion of the bond act to be made available, upon appropriation, to fund capital expenditures for water projects that are a part of the State Water Resources Development System, including the construction of desalination facilities, wastewater treatment and recycling facilities, reservoirs, water conveyance infrastructure, and acquifer recharge. The bill would make no changes to the authorization under the bond act for the issuance of $950 million in bonds for rail purposes other than high-speed rail. These provisions would become effective only upon approval by the voters at the next statewide election.

This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to redirect the high-speed rail bond act funds to water projects.

Vote: MAJORITY2/3   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 2704.096 is added to the Streets and Highways Code, to read:

2704.096.
 (a) (1) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, and except as provided in paragraph (2), no further bonds shall be issued and sold for purposes of Section 2704.06 on and after the effective date of this section.
(2) This section shall not apply to bonds issued and sold for purposes of Section 2704.06 with respect to the appropriation in Item 2665-104-6043 of Section 2.00 of the Budget Act of 2012, as added by Section 3 of Chapter 152 of the Statutes of 2012.
(b) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, and except as otherwise provided in paragraph (2) of subdivision (a), the unspent proceeds received from outstanding bonds issued and sold pursuant to Section 2704.06 prior to the effective date of this section shall, upon appropriation by the Legislature, be redirected from high-speed rail purposes for use in retiring the debt incurred from the issuance and sale of those outstanding bonds.
(c) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, the remaining unissued bonds, as of the effective date of this section, that were previously authorized pursuant to Section 2704.06, except as otherwise provided in paragraph (2) of subdivision (a), are hereby authorized to be issued and sold, with the net proceeds, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to be made available to fund construction of water capital projects that are a part of the State Water Resources Development System, including the construction of desalination facilities, wastewater treatment and recycling facilities, reservoirs, water conveyance infrastructure, and acquifer recharge.

SEC. 2.

 Section 1 of this act would modify the single object or work of a general obligation bond act previously submitted to the voters by the Legislature pursuant to Section 1 of Article XVI of the California Constitution, and subsequently approved by the voters as Proposition 1A at the November 4, 2008, statewide general election. Accordingly, Section 1 of this act shall become effective only upon approval by the voters. The Secretary of State shall submit Section 1 of this act to the voters on the ballot of the next statewide election.
SECTION 1.

It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to redirect the high-speed rail bond act funds to water projects.