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SB-1459 Transportation Development Act: Counties of San Luis Obispo and Stanislaus.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 03/26/2020 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  March 26, 2020

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 1459


Introduced by Senator Caballero

February 21, 2020


An act to amend Section 9500 99270.8 of the Public Utilities Code, relating to energy. transportation, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 1459, as amended, Caballero. Local publicly owned utilities: low-income weatherization. Transportation Development Act: Counties of San Luis Obispo and Stanislaus.
(1) Existing law authorizes transportation planning agencies to administer transit funding made available under the Transportation Development Act. Existing law imposes certain financial requirements on transit operators making claims for transit funds, including requirements that fare revenue collected by the operator cover a specified percentage of operating costs. In certain cases, transit operators are required to meet a higher percentage if they met that standard in the 1978–79 fiscal year. Existing law authorizes, until July 1, 2020, the Stanislaus Council of Governments, a transportation planning agency, when determining if specified operators have met the requirements for claims for transit funds, to reduce the applicable ratio of fare revenues to operating cost for specified operators by up to 5 percentage points from the ratio that was effective during the 2015–16 fiscal year.
This bill would extend this authorization for the Stanislaus Council of Governments by 3 years, and would similarly authorize the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments, a transportation planning agency, with respect to operators within its jurisdiction.
(2) This bill would make legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute for the Counties of San Luis Obispo and Stanislaus.
(3) This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

Existing law requires every local publicly owned electric and gas utility that provides the energy for space heating for low-income customers to also provide home weatherization services for those customers if a significant need for those services exists in the utility’s service territory, in consideration of certain factors.

This bill would make nonsubstantive revisions to this requirement.

Vote: MAJORITY2/3   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 99270.8 of the Public Utilities Code is amended to read:

99270.8.
 (a) This section shall only apply to an individual operator that both meets both of the following requirements:
(1) The operator has its primary service area in the jurisdiction of the Stanislaus Council of Governments’ jurisdiction and Governments or the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments.
(2) The operator files claims with the Stanislaus Council of Governments or the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments pursuant to Section 99260.
(b) (1) Notwithstanding any other provision of this article, in determining if an individual operator complies with Section 99268.1, 99268.2, 99268.3, 99268.4, 99268.5, or 99268.9, the Stanislaus Council of Governments and San Luis Obispo Council of Governments may reduce the applicable ratio of fare revenues to operating cost for an individual operator in its respective jurisdiction by up to five percentage points from the ratio that was effective during the 2015–16 fiscal year.
(2) The Stanislaus Council of Governments and the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments may use the calculation method described in this section for calculations beginning with the 2018–19 2019–20 fiscal year.

(c)(1)If the Stanislaus Council of Governments reduces an individual operator’s ratio pursuant to this section, the Stanislaus Council of Governments, before January 1, 2020, shall submit a report to the transportation policy committee of each house of the Legislature and to the department analyzing the options for organizing and supporting transit service in the county.

(2)The report shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following:

(A)A description of the transit routes operating within the county.

(B)The service levels on those transit routes, including any planned expansions or consolidations.

(C)The ridership numbers for those transit routes.

(D)The annual budget numbers for the transit services provided by each individual operator in the county, including its ratio of fare revenues to operating cost and any salary increases since the enactment of this section.

(3)A report to be submitted pursuant to this subdivision shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.

(d)

(c) This section shall become inoperative on July 1, 2020, 2023, and, as of January 1, 2021, 2024, is repealed.

SEC. 2.

 The Legislature finds and declares that a special statute is necessary and that a general statute cannot be made applicable within the meaning of Section 16 of Article IV of the California Constitution because of the unique transit circumstances in the Counties of San Luis Obispo and Stanislaus.

SEC. 3.

 This act is an urgency statute necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety within the meaning of Article IV of the California Constitution and shall go into immediate effect. The facts constituting the necessity are:
In order to ensure that the transit needs of individuals in the Counties of San Luis Obispo and Stanislaus continue to be met and to preserve the transit system in those counties, it is necessary for this act to take effect immediately.
SECTION 1.Section 9500 of the Public Utilities Code is amended to read:
9500.

(a)Each local publicly owned electric and gas utility that provides the energy for space heating for low-income customers shall also provide home weatherization services for those customers if a significant need for those services exists in the utility’s service territory, as determined by the utility, taking into consideration both the cost-effectiveness of the services and the public policy of reducing financial hardships facing low-income households. Local publicly owned electric and gas utilities shall not have to duplicate low-income home weatherization services provided by gas and electrical corporations serving the same service territory.

(b)(1)For purposes of this section, “weatherization” includes, where feasible, any of the following measures for any dwelling unit:

(A)Attic insulation.

(B)Caulking.

(C)Weatherstripping.

(D)Low flow showerhead.

(E)Waterheater blanket.

(F)Door and building envelope repairs which reduce air infiltration.

(2)Each local publicly owned electric and gas utility shall provide as many of these measures as it determines to be feasible and cost-effective for each eligible low-income dwelling unit.

(c)“Weatherization” may also include other building conservation measures, energy-efficient appliances, and energy education programs determined by the utility to be feasible, taking into consideration both the cost-effectiveness of the measures and the public policy of reducing the financial hardships facing low-income households.