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SB-59 California Transportation Commission: advisory committee: autonomous vehicle technology.(2019-2020)

As Amends the Law Today

 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) California, as a technological hub for innovation, should support the continued research and development of autonomous vehicle technology as it has the potential to eventually contribute, along with other transportation developments, to safety and mobility and to other environmental, economic, public health, and social equity benefits. Autonomous vehicle technology continues to be developed and its full potential has yet to be realized.
(b) The deployment of autonomous vehicles, along with all other parts of the transportation sector, should appropriately support the state’s efforts to improve road safety, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and criteria air pollutants, reduce traffic congestion and vehicle miles traveled, encourage efficient land use, and increase access to mobility and economic opportunities for all Californians.

SEC. 2.

 Chapter 1.5 (commencing with Section 14518) is added to Part 5.3 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, to read:

CHAPTER  1.5. California Council on the Future of Transportation
 (a) The chair of the commission shall establish an advisory committee known as the California Council on the Future of Transportation.
(b) The council shall provide the Governor and the Legislature with recommendations for changes in state policy to ensure that California continues to be the world leader in autonomous, driverless, and connected vehicle technology.
(c) (1) The council shall consist of all of the following members selected by the chair of the commission, all of whom shall serve without additional compensation:
(A) One or more individuals who represent insurance interests.
(B) One or more individuals who represent a bona fide labor organization that represents transportation workers.
(C) One or more individuals who represent local government from a rural, suburban, or urban area of the state or from an organization that represents local governments.
(D) One or more individuals who represent a California public research institution.
(E) One or more individuals who represent a vehicle manufacturer or an organization that represents vehicle manufacturers.
(F) One or more individuals who represent a technology company that develops autonomous technology or an organization that represents technology companies that are developing autonomous technology.
(G) One or more individuals who represent a disability rights organization.
(H) One or more individuals who represent a local transit agency.
(I) One or more individuals who represent a statewide motorist service membership organization.
(J) One or more individuals from a bicycle or pedestrian safety organization.
(K) One or more individuals from an environmental justice or environmental equity advocacy organization.
(L) One or more individuals from a public health, science, or environmental organization.
(2) The following individuals shall also serve on the council, without compensation:
(A) The Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency or the secretary’s designee.
(B) The Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development or the secretary’s designee.
(C) The Chair of the commission or the chair’s designee.
(D) The Director of the Office and Planning and Research or the director’s designee.
(E) The Director of Transportation or the director’s designee.
(F) The Commissioner of the California Highway Patrol or the commissioner’s designee.
(G) The Insurance Commissioner or the commissioner’s designee.
(H) The Director of Motor Vehicles or the director’s designee.
(I) The Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development or the director’s designee.
(J) The Chair of the State Air Resources Board or the chair’s designee.
(3) The chair of the commission shall consult with the members of the council designated in paragraph (2) when selecting the individuals described in paragraph (1).
(d) (1) The council shall gather public comment on issues and concerns related to autonomous vehicles and shall submit recommendations for statewide policy changes and updates, and any additional research or data needed, to the Legislature no later than January 1, 2022, and shall continue to submit a report of its recommendations biannually thereafter, or more frequently at the commission’s discretion.
(2) A report submitted pursuant to this subdivision shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795.
(e) The council shall include in its report submitted pursuant to subdivision (d), but is not limited to including, policy recommendations on the following topics:
(1) Safety for all road users in the near and long term, including potential changes to traffic laws, and licensing and registration, taking into account changes in autonomous vehicle technology over time.
(2) Infrastructure improvements that may be needed for the safe operation of autonomous vehicles.
(3) Improving how individuals travel, including, but not limited to, reducing traffic congestion and vehicle miles traveled.
(4) Furthering the state’s environmental, public health, and energy objectives, including the state’s planning priorities described in Section 65041.1.
(5) Promoting the integration of new mobility services with walking, bicycling, transit, and other modes of travel.
(6) Labor and economic impacts that include, but are not limited to, potential job loss, worker displacement, and job creation.
(7) Increasing the availability of accessible mobility options, particularly for individuals with technological, financial, cultural, and other barriers to mobility or with different physical, sensory, and cognitive abilities, that provide accessible physical equipment and communication interfaces.
(8) Potential changes to insurance requirements.
(f) The council shall create subcommittees focused on one or more of the topics described in subdivision (e) to gather public comment and provide recommendations to the council. One subcommittee shall be led by the Office of Planning and Research and focus on paragraph (4) of subdivision (e), taking into consideration the principles established by the California Multi-Agency Workgroup on Automated Vehicle Deployment for Healthy and Sustainable Communities. Policy recommendations developed by this subcommittee shall be submitted to the council and the Legislature by January 1, 2022, and shall be made available to the public.
(g)  This chapter shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2030, and as of that date is repealed.