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AB-1196 Sacramento Regional Transit District: board of directors: voting procedures.(2021-2022)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.
 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) The Sacramento Regional Transit District is the regional public transportation provider in the capital of California, operating bus routes, including fixed-route, microtransit, and dial-a-ride services, light rail services, and paratransit services, all within a 400-square-mile service area throughout the County of Sacramento, which includes services in the Cities of Sacramento, Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Folsom, and Rancho Cordova.
(b) The Sacramento Regional Transit District is committed to operating safe and reliable public transportation within its districtwide service area, ensuring geographic equity of investments.
(c) It is the goal of the Sacramento Regional Transit District to provide mobility solutions in various services, adapt to the changing needs of its customers, and meet the environmental, accessibility, and economic goals of the Sacramento region.

SEC. 2.

 Section 102100.3 of the Public Utilities Code is amended to read:

102100.3.
 The number of members of the board of directors shall be increased as follows:
(a) Each member entity shall be entitled to make one appointment to the board.
(b) A city or county that is not annexed to the district may become a participating entity that is entitled to make at least one appointment to the board if the participating entity enters into an agreement with the district that provides for all of the following:
(1) The participating entity agrees to pay its proportionate share of the district’s cost to provide rail or other districtwide transit services.
(2) The district agrees to maintain a specified level of rail or other districtwide transit services.
(3) The district is not obligated to provide transit services to any particular location or along any particular route.
(c) A voting entity shall be entitled to make an additional appointment to the board under the circumstances set forth in paragraph (6) of subdivision (d) of Section 102105.1.

SEC. 3.

 Section 102100.6 of the Public Utilities Code is amended to read:

102100.6.
 An action by the board shall not be void or voidable under either of the following circumstances:
(a) An  If   action by the board shall not be void or voidable if  it is determined, subsequent to an action in which a member representing a participating entity casts a vote, that the agreement for that participating entity did not comply with subdivision (b) of Section 102100.3.
(b) Because of any mathematical or clerical error in the information used to calculate, or because of the calculation of, the apportionment referred to in paragraph (5), (8), or (9) of subdivision (d) of Section 102105.1.

SEC. 4.

 Section 102100.10 of the Public Utilities Code is amended to read:

102100.10.
 Each voting entity appointing members to the board in accordance with Section 102100.2 or 102100.3 may also select, in the same manner as the primary member or members, one or more alternates, as the case may be, to serve on the board when the primary member or members are not available. Each alternate shall be appointed to serve for a specific member. The alternate shall be subject to the same restrictions and shall have the same powers, when serving on the board, as the primary member, including assumption of the seniority of the primary member for purposes of paragraph (7) of subdivision (d) of Section 102105.1.  member.  The legislative body of any voting entity appointing an alternate shall provide written notification to the secretary of the board of each appointment of an alternate in order for the appointment to be effective.

SEC. 5.

 Section 102105.1 of the Public Utilities Code is repealed.

102105.1.
 In acting on any item, the following weighted voting procedure shall apply:
(a) There shall be a total of 100 votes.
(b) The presence of members eligible to cast a majority of the 100 votes shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at a noticed meeting. In all other cases, a majority of the members of the board shall constitute a quorum.
(c) Except as otherwise provided in this section, and notwithstanding any other provision of law, all official acts of the board shall require the affirmative vote of members casting a majority of the 100 votes. Any statute, including this part, that requires a vote of the board shall be interpreted to require a tally of the votes, rather than a tally of the members of the board. A statute requiring the affirmative vote of the majority or a greater number of members of the board, including, but not limited to, Section 1245.240 of the Code of Civil Procedure, shall be interpreted as requiring a tally of the votes cast by members, rather than a tally of members.
(d) Each board member shall have the number of votes determined by the following formula; however, each voting entity represented on the board shall have at least one vote, and providing that there shall be no fractional votes:
(1) Each member entity is entitled to five votes as a membership incentive; however, the total number of incentive votes shall not exceed 30. If the number of member entities exceeds six, the 30 incentive votes shall be divided equally among the member entities.
(2) The remaining votes shall be divided among all voting entities in proportion to each entity’s financial contribution to the district. The calculation of each voting entity’s financial contribution shall include all of the following:
(A) Funds allocated to the district pursuant to the Mills-Alquist-Deddeh Act, also known as the Transportation Development Act (Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 99200) of Part 11 of Division 10), or any successor thereto, as computed by the applicable transportation planning agency for the voting entity.
(B) Funds provided to the district by the voting entity pursuant to an agreement of the type described in subdivision (b) of Section 102100.3.
(C) Other local funds made available to the district by the voting entity for the operation of public transit service.
(D) The federal formula grant funds attributable to the voting entity shall be determined by multiplying the amount described in paragraph (8) of subdivision (b) of Section 102205 by the voting entity’s proportionate share of the total population of all voting entities, which shall be determined by using the population statistics described in paragraph (10) of subdivision (b) of Section 102205.
(E) Any adjustment expressly provided for in an agreement entered into between the district and any voting entity whereby the district receives or disburses any of the funds described in subparagraphs (A) to (D), inclusive, including, but not limited to, fund exchange or fund swap agreements.
(3) The total number of votes for each voting entity shall be the sum of the votes allocated in paragraphs (1) and (2).
(4) If the division set forth in paragraphs (1) to (3), inclusive, results in fractional votes, the number of votes allocated shall be rounded in the following manner:
(A) Each fractional vote that is 0.6 or greater shall be rounded up to the nearest whole number, and each fractional vote that is less than 0.6 shall be rounded down to the nearest whole number.
(B) If the sum total of the votes so rounded is greater than 100, the excess vote or votes shall be taken one each from the voting entity or entities with the greatest number of total votes, in descending order of the number of votes, until the sum total is 100. If two or more voting entities have the same number of votes, the vote reduction among those entities shall be done by lot.
(C) If the sum total of the votes so rounded is less than 100, one vote shall be added to the total of the voting entity or entities with the greatest number of total votes, in descending order of the number of votes, until the sum total is 100. If two or more voting entities have the same number of votes, the extra votes shall be allocated by lot among those entities.
(5) The determination of financial contribution and the apportionment of votes shall be approved by the board at the board meeting at which the budget is adopted. The new voting apportionment shall be effective on July 1 of each year or as soon thereafter as the budget is adopted.
(6) At the time the apportionment is approved, the following calculation shall be done for each voting entity: the total number of votes allocated to the voting entity shall be divided by the total number of appointments the voting entity is entitled to make under Sections 102100.2 and 102100.3, regardless of whether those appointments have been made. If the result is greater than 15 votes per appointment, the voting entity shall be entitled to appoint an additional member to the board, effective July 1. Notwithstanding Section 102100.5, the legislative body of the voting entity making its appointment under this provision shall give written notification to the secretary of the board within 30 days of approval of the allocation. A member so appointed shall be subject to the same restrictions and shall have the same powers, when serving on the board, as any other member.
(7) For any voting entity that has appointed more than one member to the board, the total votes allocated to that voting entity shall be divided equally among the board members or alternates representing that entity who are present and voting. Where an equal division would result in fractional votes, the votes shall be divided to the nearest whole number among all members representing the voting entity who are present and voting, with the remaining votes being allocated, one vote each, to the members representing the voting entity in order of seniority, as measured by years of consecutive service on the board. If two or more members have served for the same length of time, the extra vote or votes shall be allocated between those members by lot.
(8) If a city or county becomes a voting entity or ceases to be a voting entity after the annual allocation called for in this subdivision has taken place, the board shall approve a new allocation, applying the financial contribution data used for the most recent allocation and considering what the new voting entity would have contributed, had it been part of the district when the preceding allocation took place. If necessary, the financial contribution of a newly incorporated entity may be estimated using population figures from the applicable local agency formation commission.
(9) If, during the course of the fiscal year, the financial data used to calculate the financial contribution of any voting entity differs by more than 10 percent from the amount that will actually be provided during the fiscal year by that entity, the board may call for a new allocation to be conducted and any allocation so called for shall be approved by the board. The allocation shall proceed in the manner described in paragraphs (1) to (4), inclusive, but the calculation in paragraph (2) shall be done with reference to the financial contribution actually provided to the district during the fiscal year (except as otherwise provided in paragraph (8)), to the extent that contribution is known.

SEC. 6.

 Section 102105.2 is added to the Public Utilities Code, to read:

102105.2.
 (a) Each board member shall have one vote.
(b) A majority of the members of the board shall constitute a quorum.
(c) All official acts of the board shall require the affirmative vote of a majority of all the members of the board.
(d) The board shall post the voting procedure described in this section on the district’s internet website.

SEC. 7.

 Section 102206 of the Public Utilities Code is repealed.

102206.
 The district shall also submit to the legislative body of each voting entity with its tentative or proposed budget a draft of the vote allocation called for by Section 102105.1. A legislative body may include with its comments to the district on the budget comments concerning the proposed vote allocation, and the board shall consider those comments prior to adopting the budget.
SEC. 8.
 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.