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AB-2012 Free senior transit passes: eligibility for state funding.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 01/28/2020 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2012


Introduced by Assembly Member Chu
(Coauthor: Assembly Member Nazarian)

January 28, 2020


An act to add Chapter 2.5 (commencing with Section 99125) to Part 11 of Division 10 of the Public Utilities Code, relating to transportation.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2012, as introduced, Chu. Free senior transit passes: eligibility for state funding.
Existing law declares that the fostering, continuance, and development of public transportation systems are a matter of state concern. Existing law authorizes the Department of Transportation to administer various programs and allocates moneys for various public transportation purposes.
This bill would require transit agencies to offer free senior transit passes to persons over 65 years of age in order to be eligible for state funding under the Mills-Deddeh Transit Development Act, the State Transit Assistance Program, and the Low Carbon Transit Operations Program. The bill would require those free senior transit passes to count as full price fares for purposes of calculating the ratio of fare revenues to operating costs.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Chapter 2.5 (commencing with Section 99125) is added to Part 11 of Division 10 of the Public Utilities Code, to read:
CHAPTER  2.5. Free Senior Transit Passes

99125.
 Notwithstanding any other law, a transit agency shall offer free senior transit passes to persons over 65 years of age in order to be eligible for state funding under the Mills-Deddeh Transit Development Act (Division 11 (commencing with Section 120000)), the State Transit Assistance Program described in subdivision (a) of Section 99312.2, and the Low Carbon Transit Operations Program created by Part 3 (commencing with Section 75230) of Division 44 of the Public Resources Code.

99126.
 A free senior transit pass provided pursuant to Section 99125 shall count as a full price fare for purposes of calculating the ratio of fare revenues to operating costs.