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AB-3135 High-Speed Rail Authority: rights-of-way: security: Department of the California Highway Patrol.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 03/23/2018 04:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 22, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 3135


Introduced by Assembly Member Frazier

February 16, 2018


An act to amend add Section 185024 of 185046 to the Public Utilities Code, relating to high-speed rail.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 3135, as amended, Frazier. High-Speed Rail Authority: executive director. rights-of-way: security: Department of the California Highway Patrol.
Existing law, 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 provides for the authority to appoint an executive director, exempt from civil service, who serves at the pleasure of the authority. duties, including the power to acquire rights-of-way through purchase or eminent domain.
Existing law establishes the Department of the California Highway Patrol to enforce all laws regulating the operation of vehicles and the use of the highways. Existing law also provides that the Department of the California Highway Patrol has jurisdiction over those matters related to the security of state officers, property, and occupants of state property.
This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to these provisions. authorize the High-Speed Rail Authority to contract with the Department of the California Highway Patrol to provide any necessary security services for property acquired by the state as a right-of-way for high-speed rail purposes.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 185046 is added to the Public Utilities Code, to read:

185046.
 The authority may contract with the Department of the California Highway Patrol to provide any necessary security services for property acquired by the state as a right-of-way for high-speed rail purposes.

SECTION 1.Section 185024 of the Public Utilities Code is amended to read:
185024.

(a)The authority shall appoint an executive director, exempt from civil service, who shall serve at the pleasure of the authority, to administer the affairs of the authority as directed by the authority.

(b)For purposes of managing and administering the ongoing work of the authority in implementing the high-speed train project, the Governor, upon the recommendation of the executive director, may appoint up to six additional individuals, exempt from civil service, who shall serve at the pleasure of the executive director. Pursuant to this subdivision, the Governor may appoint persons only for the following positions:

(1)Chief program manager.

(2)Up to three regional directors.

(3)Chief financial officer.

(4)Director of risk management and project controls.

(c)The compensation of the executive director and the additional persons authorized by subdivision (b) shall be established by the authority, and approved by the Department of Human Resources, in an amount that is reasonably necessary, in the discretion of the authority, to attract and hold a person of superior qualifications. The authority shall cause to be conducted, through the use of independent outside advisers, a salary survey to determine the compensation for the positions under this subdivision. The Department of Human Resources may, in its discretion, accept a previously completed salary survey that meets the requirements of this subdivision, and shall review the methodology used in the survey. The salary survey shall consider both of the following:

(1)Other state, regional, and local transportation agencies that are most comparable to the authority and its responsibilities.

(2)Other relevant labor pools.

(d)The compensation set by the authority shall not exceed the highest comparable compensation for a position of that type, as determined by the salary survey. Based on the salary survey, these positions shall be paid a salary established by the authority and approved by the Department of Human Resources.

(e)The executive director may, as authorized by the authority, appoint necessary staff to carry out the provisions of this part.