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SB-992 Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017: reporting website.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/12/2020 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 992


Introduced by Senator Beall
(Coauthors: Senators Bates, Dahle, Dodd, Galgiani, McGuire, Morrell, Roth, Rubio, Skinner, Umberg, and Wieckowski)

February 12, 2020


An act to add Section 13979.6 to the Government Code, relating to transportation.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 992, as introduced, Beall. Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017: reporting website.
Existing law establishes in state government the Transportation Agency, which includes various departments and state entities, including the California Transportation Commission. The Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 establishes a comprehensive transportation funding program by increasing fuel taxes and imposing certain vehicle fees. The act allocates revenues from those sources to various transportation programs, including, among others, to the Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Program, which the act created to address deferred maintenance on the state highway system and the local street and road system.
This bill would require the Transportation Agency to oversee the development and implementation of a comprehensive one-stop reporting interface available to the public through an internet website maintained by the agency. The bill would require the interface to provide timely fiscal information regarding the development and implementation status of each transportation program or project funded, at least in part, by revenues from the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) In 2017, the Legislature successfully enacted Chapter 5 of the Statutes of 2017 (SB 1) to address California’s aging transportation infrastructure. Equally important, SB 1 was intended to include accountability and transparency provisions to ensure the public that this funding would be used for its intended purpose.
(b) However, despite state agency-adopted accountability and transparency efforts, this data has proven challenging to fully find in an easy and comprehensive manner. More needs to be done so that the public has access to SB 1 data so that the expenditure of these valuable taxpayer dollars is easily visible and verifiable.
(c) To retain the faith of the public and safeguard the bold action taken by the state in enacting SB 1, it is important to further enhance the reporting mechanisms of the programs of SB 1.

SEC. 2.

 Section 13979.6 is added to the Government Code, to read:

13979.6.
 The agency shall oversee the development and implementation of a comprehensive one-stop reporting interface available to the public through an internet website maintained by the agency. The interface shall provide timely fiscal information regarding the development and implementation status of each transportation program or project funded, at least in part, by revenues from the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (Chapter 5 of the Statutes of 2017).