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AB-659 Transportation: emerging transportation technologies: California Smart City Challenge Grant Program.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/15/2019 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 659


Introduced by Assembly Member Mullin

February 15, 2019


An act to add Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 14540) to Part 5.3 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, relating to transportation.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 659, as introduced, Mullin. Transportation: emerging transportation technologies: California Smart City Challenge Grant Program.
Existing law creates the California Transportation Commission, with various powers and duties relative to the programming of transportation capital projects and allocation of funds to those projects pursuant to the state transportation improvement program and various other transportation funding programs.
This bill would establish the California Smart City Challenge Grant Program to enable municipalities to compete for grant funding for emerging transportation technologies to serve their transportation system needs, and would specify certain program goals. The bill would require the commission to form the California Smart City Challenge Workgroup on or before July 1, 2020, to guide the commission on program matters, as specified. The bill would require the commission, in consultation with the workgroup, to develop guidelines on or before March 1, 2021, for the program, which would not be subject to the Administrative Procedure Act, and would authorize the commission to revise them as necessary. The bill would make the implementation of the program contingent upon an appropriation in the annual budget act.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 14540) is added to Part 5.3 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, to read:
CHAPTER  3.5. California Smart City Challenge Grant Program

14540.
 The California Smart City Challenge Grant Program is hereby established to enable municipalities to compete for grant funding for emerging transportation technologies to serve their transportation system needs.

14541.
 It is the intent of the Legislature that the program encourage municipalities to incorporate advanced data and intelligent transportation system technologies and applications into their transportation planning efforts in order to accomplish the following program goals:
(a) Reduce congestion.
(b) Keep travelers safe.
(c) Meet environmental and climate change goals.
(d) Enhance mobility.
(e) Connect underserved communities.
(f) Support economic vitality.
(g) Attract private investment.
(h) Spur innovation.

14542.
 On or before July 1, 2020, the commission shall form the California Smart City Challenge Workgroup to guide the commission on program matters including, but not limited to, the development of, and subsequent revisions to, the guidelines developed pursuant to Section 14543, schedules and procedures, project selection criteria, performance measures, and evaluations. The workgroup may include, but shall not be limited to, representatives of local governmental agencies from both urban and rural areas, local transportation organizations from both urban and rural areas, local transit unions, and the University of California’s Institute of Transportation Studies.

14543.
 (a) On or before March 1, 2021, the commission, in consultation with the California Smart City Challenge Workgroup formed pursuant to Section 14542, shall develop guidelines for the program. The commission may revise the guidelines as necessary. The commission shall adopt the guidelines or revised guidelines following at least two public hearings.
(b) The guidelines shall include project selection criteria and define the types of projects eligible for funding through the program. The guidelines shall require that an eligible project serve one or more of the goals described in Section 14541 and may favor a project that serves more than one of those goals.
(c) The guidelines shall not be subject to the requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code).

14544.
 Implementation of the grant program is contingent upon an appropriation in the annual Budget Act for purposes of the California Smart City Challenge Grant Program, not to exceed ten million dollars ($10,000,000). The source of the moneys shall be Proposition 1B, as defined in subdivision (c) of Section 16773 of the Government Code, generally, with the specific source to be proposed by the commission.