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AB-1148 High-speed rail: independent peer review group.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/21/2019 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1148


Introduced by Assembly Member Patterson

February 21, 2019


An act to add and repeal Section 185035.5 of the Public Utilities Code, relating to high-speed rail.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1148, as introduced, Patterson. High-speed rail: independent peer review group.
The California High-Speed Rail Act creates the High-Speed Rail Authority to develop and implement a high-speed rail system in the state, with specified powers and duties. Existing law requires the authority to establish an independent peer review group for the purpose of reviewing the planning, engineering, financing, and other elements of the authority’s plans and issuing an analysis of the appropriateness and accuracy of the authority’s assumptions and an analysis of the viability of the authority’s funding plan for each corridor.
This bill would require the independent peer review group to study and annually report to the Legislature on alternative uses for high-speed rail project infrastructure that is located in the project’s Central Valley corridor and the construction of which the group anticipates will be completed by the end of the calendar year in which the report will be submitted to the Legislature.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 185035.5 is added to the Public Utilities Code, to read:

185035.5.
 (a) (1) The independent peer review group established pursuant to Section 185035 shall study and annually report to the Legislature on alternative uses, including expanding roadways and Amtrak services, for high-speed rail project infrastructure, including constructed buildings, that is located in the project’s Central Valley corridor and the construction of which the group anticipates will be completed by the end of the calendar year in which the report will be submitted to the Legislature.
(2) Each report shall be submitted to the Legislature on or before February 1 of each year.
(b) (1) A report to be submitted pursuant to subdivision (a) shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(2) This section is repealed on January 1, 2031.