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AB-2615 State highway system: parks and recreation: accessibility for bicycles and pedestrians.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 03/21/2018 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 21, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2615


Introduced by Assembly Member Carrillo
(Coauthor: Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia)

February 15, 2018


An act to add Section 14030.1 133 to the Government Streets and Highways Code, relating to parks. state highways.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2615, as amended, Carrillo. Department of Transportation: powers and duties: memoranda of understanding. State highway system: parks and recreation: accessibility for bicycles and pedestrians.
Existing law provides that the Department of Transportation has full possession and control of all state highways and all property and rights in property acquired for state highway purposes, including any portion of a state highway within a state park. Existing law also authorizes the department and any county having a park commission to enter into and carry out cooperative agreements for the grading, development, planting and maintenance of roadside areas, including a roadside park, along any state highway and within the right of way of that state highway. Existing law also authorizes the department to enter into any agreement with the United States or any federal department or agency when the construction of any federal facility or any feature of that facility requires construction, relocation, or other change in any state highway or bridge.
This bill would, to the extent possible, and where feasible, require the department to partner with appropriate public agencies, including, but not limited to, the Department of Parks and Recreation, any federal department or agency, and any regional or local public entity, to develop strategies and plans to maximize safe and convenient access for bicycles and pedestrians to federal, state, regional, and local parks adjacent to or connected to the state highway system.

Existing law establishes in the Transportation Agency, the Department of Transportation. Existing law prescribes certain powers and duties of the department, including that the department support the California Transportation Commission in coordinating and developing, in cooperation with local and regional entities, comprehensive balanced transportation planning and policy for the movement of people and goods within the state.

This bill would require the department to enter into memoranda of understanding with all appropriate public agencies, including the Department of Parks and Recreation and any local public entity, for purposes of providing maximum and safe pedestrian access to state and local parks.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 133 is added to the Streets and Highways Code, to read:

133.
 To the extent possible, and where feasible, the department shall partner with appropriate public agencies, including, but not limited to, the Department of Parks and Recreation, any federal department or agency, and any regional or local public entity, to develop strategies and plans to maximize safe and convenient access for bicycles and pedestrians to federal, state, regional, and local parks adjacent to or connected to the state highway system.

SECTION 1.Section 14030.1 is added to the Government Code, to read:
14030.1.

The department shall enter into memoranda of understanding with all appropriate public agencies, including the Department of Parks and Recreation and any local public entity, for purposes of providing maximum and safe pedestrian access to state and local parks.