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AB-467 Local transportation authorities: transactions and use taxes.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/13/2017 02:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 467


Introduced by Assembly Member Mullin

February 13, 2017


An act to amend Section 180203 of the Public Utilities Code, relating to transportation.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 467, as introduced, Mullin. Local transportation authorities: transactions and use taxes.
(1) The Local Transportation Authority and Improvement Act provides for the creation in any county of a local transportation authority and authorizes the imposition by the authority, by ordinance, of a retail transactions and use tax, subject to approval of the ordinance by 2/3 of the voters. Existing law provides for the authority to adopt a transportation expenditure plan for the proceeds of the tax, and requires the entire adopted transportation expenditure plan to be included in the voter information handbook sent to voters.
This bill would exempt an authority from including the entire adopted transportation expenditure plan in the voter information handbook if the authority posts the plan on its Internet Web site, and the sample ballot and the voter information handbook sent to voters include information on viewing an electronic version of the plan on the Internet Web site and for obtaining a printed copy of the plan by calling the county election office. The bill would require the authority to provide sufficient copies of the plan to the county election office for mailing to each person requesting a copy. By imposing additional requirements on county election officials, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
(2) The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 180203 of the Public Utilities Code is amended to read:

180203.
 (a) The county shall conduct the special election called by the board of supervisors pursuant to Section 180201. If the measure is approved, the authority shall reimburse the county for its cost in conducting the special election.
(b) The special election shall be called and conducted in the same manner as provided by law for the conduct of special elections by a county.
(c) The (1) Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (2), the sample ballot to be mailed to the voters, pursuant to Section 13303 of the Elections Code, shall be the full proposition, as set forth in the ordinance calling the election, and the voter information handbook shall include the entire adopted county transportation expenditure plan.
(2) An authority may comply with paragraph (1) by posting the entire adopted county transportation expenditure plan on an Internet Web site maintained by the authority and instructing the county elections official to print in the sample ballot, immediately below the full proposition, and in the voter information handbook, in no less than 10-point bold type, text substantially as follows: “The adopted county expenditure plan may be viewed electronically at [insert applicable Internet Web site address]. If you desire a printed copy of the adopted county transportation expenditure plan, please call the county election office at [insert applicable telephone number] and one will be mailed to you at no cost.” The authority shall provide sufficient printed copies of the entire adopted county transportation expenditure plan to the county election office for mailing to each person requesting a copy.

SEC. 2.

 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.